Foreign Navy Commanders and representatives of 21 navies arrived in Sri Lanka to participate in the Sri Lanka Navy’s 60th anniversary celebrations. War ships from China, India, Bangladesh, Pakistan, Iran, Thailand and Russia arrived in the island to take part in this historic event. Sending of their ships for this event by the two veto holding nations, Russia and China, was a significant feature. It manifests the strong foreign relations Sri Lanka has with other countries and also bears testimony to the important role played by the Sri Lanka Navy towards the strengthening of Sri Lanka’s foreign relations.
Meanwhile the International Sail Past held in view of the Sri Lanka Navy’s 60th Anniversary was held on December 11. Commander, Defence Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa was the chief guest. Chief of Defence Staff Air Chief Marshal Roshan Goonathilaka and Army Commander Lieutenant General Jagath Jayasuriya were among the guests.