Spotted the military looking boat in the image below off the Narga Kovil coast of the Jaffna peninsula. I was Google Earthing (its a verb now) images for the Narga Kovil forward defence lines area post when I came across it. Since Google Earth images of the area fate back to 2003-2005 era this type of craft might not be the latest thing any more.
I am no expert at spotting military boats but this craft doesn’t look like one of those brightly colour fishing vessels used in Sri Lanka. It also seems to be going quite fast.
My utterly amateur (an most likely highly incorrect) guess is that it looks something like a Simonneau class patrol boat. or maybe the SeaTiger equivalent. Most likely I am mistaken. Perhaps its a fishing boat. From the scale marker at this boat’s location on wikimapia, its clearly less than 50m long.
What ever the case its a perfect reason for a better informed person to correct me (you know where to find the comment box).
3 sites with background info relating to the Sri Lanka Navy and the Sea Tigers
- The unofficial Sri Lanka Navy blog which has some handy images and further links (though its hard to navigate to older posts)
- Nationmaster.com page with info and images about Sri Lanka Navy ships
- Jane’s Defence website has a Non-Subscriber accessible extract of an article on the Sea Tigers’ boats/operating tactics.
If you got any more please feel free to post the links. Comments with URLs can sometimes get stuck in the spam filter but I’ll rescue it 🙂