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LTTE’s grand plan emerges with discovery of weapons

[DailyMirror, Thursday, 2 July 2009 20:57 No Comment]

Although the Sri Lanka Security Forces completely defeated the LTTE more than a month ago, more and more weapons including sophisticated weapons hidden by  Tamil Tigers still continue to be unearthed by the troops in many areas in the recently liberated Wanni as well as the east.

In the recent past, the security forces  have recovered weapons that were not even with the Sri Lanka armed forces. Most of such weapons were those used  by armed forces in countries, that possess nuclear power. As most of these weapons are recovered there is an increasing doubt   that the now defeated Tamil Tigers had more ambitions than merely  gaining   a  separate state in the north and east of Sri Lanka.

Top brass of the Sri Lanka security forces too are surprised after seeing  these sophisticated arms and the amount of military hardware recovered so far. The main objective of the Tamil Tigers, seems to have been not only a to have a separate Eelam in the North and East of Sri Lanka  but also to extend their power  beyond that.

In order to find an answer as to whether this was the real objective of the Tigers  the army has decided to get a total count of the LTTE military assets, how many weapons they had, varities of weapons, capabilities etc.

It is learnt that the security forces will  continue to search for more weapons after they obtain further information from the surrendered LTTE cadres. The military believe that more and more sophisticated weapons  would be recovered from the Wanni region and  as such most of the troops deployed in the north have  been assigned for this purpose.

Two weeks ago, the military unearthed a submarine from Vellamullivaikal area in the Mullaitivu district, where the final phase of the battle took place.

The 24-foot (7.2-metre) submersible had reportedly been used by the LTTE, most probably by their senior cadres, for clandestine sea movements before the LTTE was wiped out, the army said. It is said that several other Tiger submersibles had previously been found, but the latest device appeared to be the first one that was actually used.

This submarine had been hidden by the Tamil Tigers in order to enable the LTTE leaders to escape from the sea during the last phases  of the battle. However, it was not clear whether  this underwater craft was  fully functional and also met the requirements that operational submarines need.

However, this underwater craft had been damaged when the Sri Lanka Air Force Aircraft bombed it resulting in the Tigers hiding  it for repair and later  use. According to the LTTE cadre, who gave the clue about this underwater craft  to the military there were three more types of craft that had been buried by the LTTE in the same area during  the last few month

During the Wanni operation Task Force III soldiers found a workshop  that manufactured underwater submersible craft by the LTTE. It was the first time the troops  had found such a workshop. Since then a large number of such craft were recovered by the troops.

Although the surrendered cadres claimed that the LTTE had tested these craft underwater in the eastern seas and that several LTTE leaders including its Sea Wing Leader Soosai had participated  there was  no evidence to prove it as yet.

According to experts most of the LTTE underwater craft is designed very similar to semi submersibles used by Colombian drug traffickers. Construction of these craft are incomplete (experimental level) and has not been operated even for trials. This type of craft can be detected by radars as all parts above hatch level are above water.

However, investigations are still underway to solve these unanswered questions.

Two weeks after the recovery of the underwater craft, troops on information received , recovered another sophisticated military item-,torpedoes- that are used by the prominent navies in the world.

Two torpedoes, each 26 ft in length and 5 ft 7 inches in circumference neatly wrapped in polythene was recovered by the  troops in Puthukudiyiruppu. The torpedo’s launcher of 28 ft in length and 5 ft 10 inch in circumference had also been buried by Tamil Tigers in the vicinity to be used at an appropriate time.

The manner the torpedoes with their launcher had been safely kept underground in four different pits of about 12 ft in depth affirms the fact that Tigers were patiently marking time for an attack on a ship or any other vessel sailing in the seas. Troops found long bombs that could be exploded underwater when the vessel hits them from four different areas in the same location. One of the warheads of a torpedo had been kept separately dismantled.

During the same search, Task Force-8 troops were able to find a complete 130 mm artillery gun sans wheels, probably brought there for some clandestine missions. 

Troops on Wanni Operation earlier recovered three more 130 mm barrels from the west of Puthukudiyiruppu and the northeast of Visvamadu, six 130 mm artillery guns from Puthukudiyiruppu, Anandapuram, and Mullaitivu, including two guns destroyed by the LTTE in Vellamullivaikkal.

These  are  some of the recent recoveries from the LTTE  and accordingly more and more weapons would be unearthed after further information is received from the surrendered or the captured LTTE members by the relevant state authorities.

According to experts, if the LTTE had opportunity to drag the so called Ceasefire Agreement and did not have a war situation for at least  another one year then the security forces would have had to face a completely different and very difficult situation. This is because the LTTE at that time was engaged in purchasing and importing arms and ammunition to fight against the government armed forces. If the government security forces did not carry out the war properly, by this time the LTTE could have been able to keep what they had obtained almost three years back.

Although the LTTE had enough weapons and ammunition with them they continued to purchase and smuggled weapons into the country by various means. If they had been able to unload  the ten ships with military hardware, which were destroyed by the Sri Lanka Navy in the deep seas, it could have been a completely different scenario that the government armed forces would have had to face.

The LTTE could not have brought  or purchased weapons and other military hardware or  achieved their goal without help from foreign powers. Definitely there will be at least more than one power from whom  the LTTE had received  help to achieve their purpose. The government should launch a full investigation to find out who assisted the LTTE to strengthen themselves to the extent they did.

Considering these facts it is now clear that the LTTE had its own undisclosed agenda to fight against the government forces not only to capture  the north and east and form a separate Tamil Eelam as mentioned in their propaganda campaign but it appears that it had a wider ambition. If that was so  then if the LTTE succeeded what would have been their  next step after they capture the north and east of the country?

SL to increase defence ties with France

Commander of the French Joint Forces in Indian Ocean Region Vice Admiral Gerard Valin, who was on an official visit in Sri Lanka met top defence officials to increase the defense ties between the two nations.

His arrival on June 27 on board the supply ship ‘BCR Var’ was a good -will visit, Vice Admiral Valin first met Chief of Defence Staff Donald Perera and exchanged views concerning the two nations, the armed forces and the current situation in the north and east.

Later he called on Army Commander General Sarath Fonseka on Monday at the Army Headquarters, Colombo.

The Senior French Naval Commander, was accompanied by French Ambassador Michel Lummaux during his meeting with General Sarath Fonseka and exchanged views with regard to security and matters of bilateral interest.

The Army Commander gave a detailed account on the recently concluded Wanni humanitarian operations that brought total defeat to LTTE terrorism.

On the same day the visiting Vice Admiral Valin met Navy Commander Admiral Wasantha Karannagoda  at the Naval Headquarters in Colombo.

The two officials exchanged views with regard to security and matters of bilateral interest. Admiral Karannagoda gave a detailed account of the Sri Lanka Navy’s role in the successfully concluded war on terror.

The commanding officer of the French Naval Ship ‘BCR VAR’ Captain Frederic Babin-Chevage also present at the occasion.

Later on the day, Admiral Karannagoda held a reception to the visiting French Vice Admiral at the Navy Headquarters.

Vice Admiral Valin had arrived in Sri Lanka on board the supply ship ‘BCR VAR’ When the ship left Colombo with two officers of the Sri Lanka Navy, who were  to learn and experience the life on a French Naval ship. They will stay on board till the ship reaches its next port of call, Djibouti in Somalia. This exercise is expected to strengthen the ties and broaden  cooperation between the two Navies further.

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