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Sri Lanka to deploy Navy ship on Red Sea amidst rising Houthi threats

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Colombo, Jan 04 (Daily Mirror) - President Ranil Wickremesinghe said a decision has been taken to deploy a ship from the Sri Lanka Navy on the Red Sea area, contributing to the security of the region against Houthi activities.

The decision comes amidst rising concerns among international shipping companies regarding attacks by Iranian-backed Houthi militants in the Red Sea.

The Houthis claim to be retaliating against Israel's military campaign in support of Hamas.

This ongoing disruption in the Red Sea has resulted in increased freight costs and delayed delivery times.

"Shipping has been disrupted due to Houthi attacks on ships in the Red Sea area. To counter this, if ships reroute around South Africa instead of navigating the Red Sea, it will lead to increased cargo costs," the President said addressing the 'Shilpa Abhimani 2023' held at the Sirimavo Bandaranaike Memorial Exhibition Centre in Colombo.


  Comments - 54

  • NightOwl Thursday, 04 January 2024 01:12 PM

    Don't be in the wrong side of the history

    Daya Thursday, 04 January 2024 01:24 PM

    Asking for trouble.

    Rishan Jayakody Sunday, 07 January 2024 11:31 PM

    It's not like fighting sea tigers in the mulathive sea. These Iranian proxies use very advance weapons such as drones and balletic missiles where we have no capacity to counter them. President rw must stay out of the scene without compromising the safety of our sailors and assets.

    LK Thursday, 04 January 2024 01:28 PM

    is it to show off our naval power or just to tease Housthi and Iran? What a diplomatic mess is it. We do not have enough money to run our economy and yet, we are going to waste more money on this in the expectation US will help us. Do not think in that way. Let them sort this out. They messed it up and let them repair it. Why should we waste our money and energy on this? pro-West, RANIL WILL DO anything to please the West. Did Houthi target us yet? why should we be involved in this unwanted issue? Let the big guy sort the mess they created. keep away from it. Follow the foreign policy of late Srima. We will be fine with that policy.

    M Fernando Thursday, 04 January 2024 07:06 PM

    Looks like the 'batahira mithuras' have persuaded RW ! :)

    BuffaloaCitizen Thursday, 04 January 2024 01:35 PM

    There are many Navies who can do that job closer to this area like the Oman Navy, UAE Navy, Saudi Navy, Indian Navy, French Navy, British Navy, Italian Navy etc... So why are we unnecessarily getting involved, because the stakes of those countries are higher than ours. Is Maldives sending a Navy Ship? Is Singapore who has more business to lose sending their flotilla? This is stupid decision making, not considering the strength and finances of our Nation.

    Mahesh Thursday, 04 January 2024 01:39 PM

    It’s a good idea for some foreign income as well since we have a huge security personnel do nothing productive

    warren Thursday, 04 January 2024 06:56 PM

    True. So glad to see a "postive" comment from a far-thinking professional like you instead of myopic, backward-thinking comments from a negative bunch of NPP supporters.

    DD Friday, 05 January 2024 03:17 AM

    Smart move. Kudos to RW, Remember during colonial times, the SUDDA handed over the ceremonial force to us? Due to the northern war, we shifted to conventional forces. Now, with no active conflicts, our forces sit idle. Sending them abroad, like to the UN, earns foreign exchange and provides better training. It's a smart move for our Navy too—learning and earning. Individuals earn more pay, country earn $ benefiting too. Let's seize these opportunities and send our forces out into the world. Airforce, get ready.

    Hello Hello Thursday, 04 January 2024 01:39 PM

    This must be the joke of the new year.

    Best Thursday, 04 January 2024 02:11 PM

    Sitting ducks without proper air defence, please don't risk our sailors lives

    Gama Rala Thursday, 04 January 2024 02:13 PM

    As usual our president is minding other people's huthis.

    James Thursday, 04 January 2024 02:15 PM

    The rest of the developed nations are even willing to provide resources to stop this and why are we?

    Tinpot president and his Thursday, 04 January 2024 02:20 PM

    This president craves international attention. Even though there a far more pressing matters at home this guy is hunting for houththis.i wonder what he will do when he find them.

    Gabriella Thursday, 04 January 2024 02:23 PM

    What are our obsolete ships without any missile capability going to contribute ? Another hair-brained idea.

    johan Thursday, 04 January 2024 02:26 PM

    Sprat is trying to become Shark

    Laughter from Jaffna Thursday, 04 January 2024 02:26 PM

    This is the sign that America India “love affair” is permanently broken down. Now as India goes back to her former Russian lover whom she dumped ten years ago for the sexy American, the Americans are now wooing the Sri Lankans for “ quickies “

    Natalie Nanayaka Thursday, 04 January 2024 02:27 PM

    From one houthi to another, president you are wasting money.

    Ravi John Thursday, 04 January 2024 02:29 PM

    RW he is out of mind even USA is moving Aircraft carrier to International waters the Houtis have sea drones which can destroy any ship red sea

    sachith Thursday, 04 January 2024 03:04 PM

    None stop jokes from a pathetic joker. Our navy doesnt have capabilities to conduct such long range operation. Specially without anti drone, anti missile defenses.

    Jasaya Thursday, 04 January 2024 03:09 PM

    RW is going to make a mess without knowing the capabilities of Houthie Rebels and their Iranian roots

    Wiseman Thursday, 04 January 2024 03:24 PM

    Should be not offensive operation but only to escort the cargo bound to Sri Lanka. Otherwise we will lose the support from Middle East countries who are against Israel.

    Athk69 Thursday, 04 January 2024 03:54 PM

    What difference would 1 navy vessel make?

    MirakRajBanda Thursday, 04 January 2024 04:05 PM

    Ranil doesn't know where he's belong to. In the eyes of the world, Sri Lanka is a country with a begging bowl, any unnecessary move has it's own consequences which Sri Lanka cannot bear. He tries to please US and Israel losing a billion Euro annual trade with Iran. India, with much larger navy don't involve in regional conflicts. Stupid move of a Liberal sympathiser.

    Dinesh Withanage Thursday, 04 January 2024 04:22 PM

    Clear signal of aligning with western powers and in contrast to president's bullish rhetoric of political neutrality to global power houses. It is historically known fact that Ranil Wickramasinghe is a western backer and a neo liberal thinker.

    Punchi Thursday, 04 January 2024 04:49 PM

    Who is paying for the fuel and logistics of this mission, our paradise ? Where supposedly 85% of the population is experiencing food insecurity

    Navi Thursday, 04 January 2024 05:07 PM

    You can state but not deploy. You can play hot

    Roisin Thursday, 04 January 2024 05:23 PM

    Finally the navy will do something useful. Come on, get off your lazy butts and do what you are paid for.

    Cherath Thursday, 04 January 2024 05:38 PM

    And the news item right below this says - 'Surgeries at Homagama hospital come to a standstill'. Rather than trying desparately to cut a figure of 'saviour of the Asian Region', take those fingers from wherever they are and help people here to stave off starvation and death at hospitals due to shortages!

    Don Thursday, 04 January 2024 06:03 PM

    SL Navy must be going on a fishing trip

    Lion Thursday, 04 January 2024 06:23 PM

    What a joke ,with some Gun boats how do you fight houthis , they have helicopters, sophisticated guns , missiles . while the country’s majority is staving the leaders have no concerns of its people.

    Dinesh Thursday, 04 January 2024 07:07 PM

    always in the news President...vying with Donald Trump ?? any news is good news...

    Julian p Fernando Thursday, 04 January 2024 07:12 PM

    What kind of a fire power Sri Lankan Navy has, this man is stupid.no wonder he was not elected last election.

    Shows the weak nations we have sea might Thursday, 04 January 2024 07:32 PM

    President is finally showing some muscle militarily. The Navy and 300,000 military is generally useless do nothing, so doing patrol in Middle East is something.

    Shows the weak nations we have sea might Thursday, 04 January 2024 07:32 PM

    President is finally showing some muscle militarily. The Navy and 300,000 military is generally useless do nothing, so doing patrol in Middle East is something.

    President is fawning for attention Thursday, 04 January 2024 07:33 PM

    All the other time he is like beggar asking for Climate Change donation, trying various crooked talk to get undeserving climate compensation. No one takes him seriously internationally. This publicity stunt of him sending vessel to Red Sea is just another attempt at world attention.

    Mohan Thursday, 04 January 2024 07:52 PM

    The threat is not similar to Somalian pirates. How can an SL ship stop missiles coming from Yemen? This move seems to be just a show of support, and why waste Rs. 250 million per fortnight for that? We don't have enough funds to repair the roads in Colombo!

    Ceylonese Thursday, 04 January 2024 08:00 PM

    RW is an idiot. Even Germany,UK and France didnt want to send their navy. Pls dont underestimate the Houthis man.

    Rip Winkle Thursday, 04 January 2024 08:08 PM

    Somebody's got a huge ego problem.

    Kathrine Thursday, 04 January 2024 08:15 PM

    This is like a rat is going to resoive, when a group of gaint anacondas fight each othors for supermacy

    A Thursday, 04 January 2024 08:35 PM

    Hello cost is paid by you or VAT

    ANNECUNT Thursday, 04 January 2024 09:19 PM

    the first casualty will be the sri-lankan ship

    Stanley Thursday, 04 January 2024 09:42 PM

    We don't have fingernails to scratch our backside, but we want to be heroes.

    Der Thursday, 04 January 2024 10:00 PM

    Good otherwise the ship engines will get ceased!

    UniDon Thursday, 04 January 2024 10:14 PM

    What else can we except from the Yanki Dicky's nephew?

    Caesar Friday, 05 January 2024 01:42 AM

    Now that a 'Super Power' is sending its 'mighty fleet' Houthis will be shivering in their pants and will behave.

    Ginkan Gonson Friday, 05 January 2024 02:12 AM

    I think it is a good idea to send this ship with majority of Pin Gonas in your side for this. Then they can do something for the Pin Padi!

    Samantha J Friday, 05 January 2024 02:22 AM

    Totally unwise decision. This is asking for trouble. Leave other's problems to others. SL navy ships can't change anything in the Red Sea.

    Dingi Maama Friday, 05 January 2024 02:44 AM

    What a mistake that sacrifices the sovereignty of the nation. Instead of erratic behavior, he should focus on establishing a democratically elected government to decide the appropriate actions for any international issue.

    Bandu Friday, 05 January 2024 03:20 AM

    Really, why? people don't have food to eat, this idiot is wasting money.

    Sam Friday, 05 January 2024 06:15 AM

    Now Ranil got an excuse to delay the election!

    sam silva Friday, 05 January 2024 06:31 AM

    this idiot will bring terrorism BACK to sri lanka. sri lankans should decide to wait for elections to kick this clown, mr.bean or kick him ou from office before the election. probably he received a call form biden!

    Ahamed Friday, 05 January 2024 08:42 AM

    World superpowers rejecting to participate why SL to involve? asking trouble?

    Thomas Dharmachandra Friday, 05 January 2024 09:09 AM

    Houthis are well armed with Missiles and Drones. We do not stand a chance against them. Let our big brother and Americans take suitable action against the Houthis, lets NOT WASTE our energy and life of our navel cardres


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