Action is being initiated to expand the security in the North Western sea belt.
The North-western Naval Headquarters has been strategically shifted from Puttalam to Mullikulam to enable the Navy to more effectively safeguard the waters and land by conducting prompt and sustainable naval operations at sea, lagoons and on land in accordance with national policies.
Addressing the ceremony to declare open the new North-Western Naval Command Headquarters in Mullikulum yesterday, the Defence Secretary said it is the responsibility of relevant authorities to take necessary measures to thwart any attempts to reintroduce terrorism in the country
The new command center is tasked with preventing the use of sea and land routes in the general area by unauthorized persons, protecting the coast line and fisheries, and controlling illegal fishing activities. It is also responsible for prevention of illicit migration, smuggling, drug trafficking, poaching, deforestation, and sand mining. Navy Commander Vice Admiral Thisara Samarasinghe was present on the occasion.