Sri Lanka | 12th June 2021 | Virtual Wire
Commander of Sri Lanka Navy Vice Admiral Nishantha Ulugathenne graciously received Captains of the Indian Coast Guard (IGC) Vessels which were deployed in operation Sagar Araksha 2, when they arrived at Colombo Fort for Operational Turn Around on Thursday 10.
He acknowledges the huge support provided by these vessels and specially thanked India for its prompt response to the incident involving the MV X Press Pearl.
Appreciative of the praiseworthy contribution made by Indian Coast Guard Ship (ICGS), ‘Samudra Prahari’, ‘Vajra’, and ‘Vaibhav’ during damage control operation in collaboration with other stakeholders, following the fire onboard the MV X Press Pearl off Colombo harbor on 20th of May.
It may be recalled that the ICG Vessels were deployed on May 25, hours after receiving a request for assistance from the Sri Lanka navy to douse the fire onboard MV X Press Pearl and also provided pollution control help. The three ICG Vessels along with ICG Dornier were actively involved in the efforts towards dousing the fire.
High Commissioner of India H. E. Gopal Baglay, who joined this occasion thanked the Sri Lanka Navy and commander for extending wholehearted operation to the Indian Vessels throughout the operation.
He stated that for bilateral mechanisms to appropriately respond to emergency situations in the shared maritime space, it was important to remain adequately prepared for natural disasters and man-made catastrophes as they could recur.
High Commissioner of India to Sri Lanka Gopal Baglay, Commander Western Naval Area, Rear Admiral Upul De Silva, Defense Attaché at High Commission of India in Colombo, Captain Vikas Sood, Senior officers from the Navy Headquarters and Western Naval Command and limited group of invitees were present on this occasion.