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The Navy today dumped in mid-sea the eight bulletproof vehicles earlier used by former presidents and a vessel seized from the LTTE.

Navy's Acting Media Spokesman K.K.C. Udayanga said the vehicles and the vessel had been dumped in the seas off the Western Coast with the approval by the government.

He said those bulletproof vehicles and the vessel were severely damaged and the best solution was to dump them in the sea.

“This is not the first time that such a procedure was carried out. Those bulletproof vehicles could not be crushed because of it hardy-build and also could not be auctioned because it could be used to commit crimes,” he said.

Lt. Commander Udayanga said the vessel which had been seized from the LTTE had been later used by the Navy.

“The vessel belonged to KP’s navy fleet and it will be dumped in the sea because of its poor condition. Once all the vehicles and vessels were dumped, the location will be converted naturally into a marine environment attracting sea animals including corals. This will eventually lure tourists,” he said. (Darshana Sanjeewa)

 Pictures courtesy Navy Media

  Comments - 33

  • Kumara Monday, 26 March 2018 10:35 PM

    This is called polluting the sea. Just check how other countries do these.

    Thanos Tuesday, 27 March 2018 09:36 AM

    Nations constantly do such things, like sinking old vessels, military equipement, etc. In time new coral-reefs will grow. Just google it.

    Keerthi Thursday, 12 April 2018 01:47 PM

    Other countries do it the same proper way as our Navy did.

    Mr Singham Nalliah Monday, 26 March 2018 10:49 PM

    The vessel and vehicles could have been auctioned purely for scrap metal. Either India or Pakistan would have bid for these precious metals. Singham

    Ceylon Tuesday, 27 March 2018 08:29 AM

    Officer said used fir crimes so destroyed.he said so far used by navy.what a joke.why destroyed ?while can use metal.destructionist and stupid minded decision.

    Ceylon Tuesday, 27 March 2018 08:32 AM

    Navymen involved kidnap and killings and other still mistorious crimes might used these vihicles.destroying evidence is very visible for this action.

    Jaliya Tuesday, 27 March 2018 05:33 PM

    Should have been sold as scrap metal. Too hard to cut up or use as weaponry is utterly poor excuse by lazy government employees.

    Keerthi Wednesday, 04 April 2018 10:59 AM

    And made money to a Pakistani or Indian, instead of creating a artificial reef in Sri Lanka for sustainable fishery.

    Pxx Tuesday, 27 March 2018 08:27 AM

    Stupid action polluting the sea bed.

    Sangaralingham Tuesday, 27 March 2018 08:31 AM

    It is ok to dump sea faring vessels dhips etc but it should be rendered environ tally harmless by removing safely all pollutants chemicals oil etc from the said vessel before doing do and get a report to that effect from an environmental officer to kept in record

    mohamed husam ghaffari Tuesday, 27 March 2018 09:20 AM

    y this people have to polute the earth more atleast they could had mate it sea coral for tourists

    Gamarala Tuesday, 27 March 2018 09:25 AM

    What stupidity is this? The LTE vessel should have been sold for scrap iron to a breakers yard. The cars should have gone into a museum, as done in other countries for old Presidential vehicles.

    Tuesday, 27 March 2018 10:44 AM

    Crimes may have been commited,not fit for museum. KP in rich condition. No Pottu's vessels?

    Dive Sri Lanka Thursday, 05 April 2018 11:05 AM

    This is not stupidity. On the contrary, this is what progressive nations do to build a fisheries and tourism industry. The value of scrap metal vs the continuous revenue a swhipwreck will contribute to the economy of a country is 10,000 fold.

    Just Another Citizen Tuesday, 27 March 2018 09:33 AM

    Why couldn't they have this in a war museum? Why do they need to keep trying to wipe everything out?

    alex Tuesday, 27 March 2018 09:39 AM

    was approval obtained from NARA

    AJ Tuesday, 27 March 2018 11:47 AM

    NARA is not the covering body. The responsible government institution is Marine Environment Protection Authority (MEPA). They appear to be a sleep while this pollution is happening.

    Unchikun Tuesday, 27 March 2018 09:53 AM

    We Sri Lankans are good at destroying. It would be see some thing constructive in the news, say an alternative to Facebook which the world does not like now.

    Sammy Tuesday, 27 March 2018 09:57 AM

    In this day and age, couldn't recycling measures have been resorted to instead of polluting. To say that bullet proof vehicles cannot be stripped down is a farce.

    ANTON Tuesday, 27 March 2018 10:21 AM


    Shiva Tuesday, 27 March 2018 10:42 AM

    Why cant they use these armored cars for research purposes? They can easily transfer these to tech universities to research on many aspects from there built to technology and to apply those findings to future indigenous developments.

    varuandhar Tuesday, 27 March 2018 11:33 AM

    Why destroy these? These are part of our history for right or for wrong reasons. Should have kept in a museum for the future generations to see. It is easy to physically "destroy" things but gone with it is valuable "history" (can either be pleasant or unpleasant)......

    AJ Tuesday, 27 March 2018 11:44 AM

    Only in regional countries such as Bangladesh which does not have marine pollution regulations will this be legal! Where is the Merine Environment Protection Authority? Are they asleep while this pollution is being done?

    Keerthi Thursday, 12 April 2018 01:43 PM

    It is countries like Bangladesh who does not have proper environmental regulations, has ship breaking (scrapping) industry.

    Massdeen Tuesday, 27 March 2018 03:22 PM

    How stupid is our Govt making us look so third grade country in the world making us laughing stock. They would sold it as scrap so foolish is our President

    Sincere Tuesday, 27 March 2018 03:25 PM

    Was this the ship someone brought and exhibited in the sea near the Gall Face! He could have dumped it there easily.

    dickie bird Tuesday, 27 March 2018 03:55 PM

    Why destroy is the million dollar question Yahapalanaya?

    Stan Tuesday, 27 March 2018 05:11 PM

    It's normal for governments to dump bulletproof vehicles in the sea.most countries do that

    Jaliya Wednesday, 28 March 2018 11:50 AM

    Stan, I don't know of any other country that dumps motor vehicle's in the ocean. Especially, we are talking of cars or jeeps in here. I hope the seats fuel oil and the plastic items have been stripped prior to this stupid action by the Navy. If not all the toxins can harm the marine life as well as human life in the long run. It is somewhat normal procedure for some countries for ships but not in shallow waters ... don't expect coral growth in toxicated and dirty waters with low salt content due to heavy rains and constant water from the rivers.

    upali Wednesday, 28 March 2018 10:18 AM

    Cannot see a single photo of a bullett proof vehicles.

    Dilsiri Welikala Thursday, 05 April 2018 11:03 AM

    Being a diver this is a great way to re build our reefs and offer new havens for fish. Also the positive economic implications through recreational diving is increased tremendously. Please do more, sink one off Kalpitiya too.

    George Carlson Friday, 06 April 2018 02:27 PM

    Excellent! We look forward to diving on these during our holiday.

    Manjula Wednesday, 11 April 2018 11:27 AM

    This is excellent new.The concept of sinking ships, cars, trains, tanks etc is not new and is considered the most environmentally friendly and sustainable way of disposal. (Provided all oils etc are taken away, like what the navy did.)In terms of revenue, the reef shall earn much more than selling metal fro scrap. Tourism and fisheries industry will earn over 10 million a year, for next 100 or 200 years as against a 15 million income from selling for scrap iron.Thank you SL Navy.

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