The Mobile training team of Sri Lanka Coast Guard Life Saving Training School conducted several life savings and drowning prevention awareness workshops for civilians in Veththalakeni, Point Pedro, Kareinagar, Kayts and Delft area on 24th, 25th, 26th, 28th and 29th August 2019 respectively. These workshops were initiated under the directives of Presidential Secretariat Office as a part of ‘Rata Wenuwen Ekata Sitimu’ Jaffna district programme.
The Chief of Defence Force of the Maldives National Defence Force, Major General Abdulla Shamaal MA, MSc, ndu, psc who is on an official visit to Sri Lanka paid a courtesy call on Rear Admiral GDAS Wimalathunge, RWP, VSV, USP, nswc, MSc (DS) Mgt, MA (SSS), MSc, (NS &WS), Director General of the Sri Lanka Coast Guard on 30th August 2019 at Sri Lanka Coast Guard Rear Headquarters, Wellawatte.
The 4th High Level Meeting (HLM) between Indian Coast Guard (ICG) and Sri Lanka Coast Guard (SLCG) was held on 20th August 2019 at Coast Guard Headquarters, New Delhi. The SLCG delegation was led by Rear Admiral GDAS Wimalathunge, RWP, VSV, USP, nswc, MSc (DS) Mgt, MA (SSS), MSc, (NS &WS), Director General, Sri Lanka Coast Guard and the ICG delegation was led by Director General K Natarajan, PTM, TM, chief of Indian Coast Guard.
The Defence Adviser of High Commission for the Peoples Republic of Bangladesh in Colombo, Sri Lanka Commodore S M Hakim,(ND),BSP, ndc,ncc,psc,BN had a goodwill visit to Sri Lanka Coast Guard Headquarters, Mirissa on 16thAugust 2019 and paid a courtesy call on Deputy Director General of Sri Lanka Coast Guard, Commodore YMGB Jayathilaka RSP,USP,BSc( DS) Hons.
On receipt of the information from Disaster Management Centre about the suspected oil spill off Mount Lavinia beach on 8th August 2019, SLCG quickly deployed oil spill response teams with equipment. After investigation, it is found that solid oil balls / particles have scattered mainly on the beaches of Dikowita to Uswetakeiyawa, Dehiwala to Mount Lavinia and Panadura to Kalutara. Cleaning operations were led by Sri Lannka Coast Guard while assisted by Sri Lanka Navy could complete the task by 10th August 2019 with the utmost dedication of the personnel involved.
The newly constructed PO’s mess SLCG ‘Waruna’ was declared open on 31st June 2019 by the Director General Sri Lanka Coast Guard Rear Admiral Samantha Wimalathunge, RWP, VSV, USP, nswc, MSc (DS) Mgt on the invitation of Commanding officer SLCG ‘Waruna’ Commander HBK Manjula. The building was constructed to uplift the living standard of the senior sailors of SLCG ‘Waruna’ as per the instruction given by DGCG.
The Mobile training team of Sri Lanka Coast Guard Life Saving Training School conducted several lifesaving and drowning prevention awareness workshops for civilians in Pamunugama, Dikowita and Negambo (Duwa) area on 30th July and 04th August 2019. These workshops were initiated under the directives of Presidential Secretariat Office as a part of ‘Rata wenuwen Ekatasitimu’ Gampaha district programme.
The Maldives Defence Attache Lieutenant Colonel Ismail Naseer paid a Introductory call on the Director General of Sri Lanka Coast Guard, Rear Admiral Samantha Wimalathunge, RWP, VSV, USP, nswc, MSc (DS) Mgt on 23rd July 2019 at Sri Lanka Coast Guard Rear Headquarters, Wellawatte.
Sri Lanka Coast Guard and Department of Wild Life Conservation entered in to a memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on operation and training procedures of Wave Rider Inshore Patrol Craft acquired from Sri Lanka Navy by Wild Life Conservation Department for assisting whale watching regulatory operations at Mirissa.
The 15th Heads of Asian Coast Guard Agencies Working Level Meeting was ceremonially inaugurated on 09th July 2019 at Hilton Hotel, Colombo. The occasion was graced by the State Minister of Defence Hon Ruwan Wijewardana as the Chief Guest on the invitation of Director General of Sri Lanka Coast Guard Rear Admiral Samantha Wimalathunge, RWP, VSV, USP, nswc, MSc (DS) Mgt and there are 42 delegates from 22 countries participating for this important event for the next two days.