Sri Lanka’s Trincomalee Navy base (pictured below) saw its first air borne intruder since the Japanese air raid in 1940. Unloading home made bombs somewhere on this sprawling base from a slow flying air craft isn’t a feat of marksmanship. The hard part of course is to try and hit a small aircraft in the darkness without night vision gear. Details that will be ignored at the next terrorist fundraiser in Paris, London Oslo.
In the greater scheme of things, this “attack” only seems to underscore the futility of the LTTE’s racist delusions. Specially in the face of the current military situation. It is a fact of history that separatist groups trying to deploy conventional airpower have all failed in their ultimate objectives. Katanga and Biafra are the examples that come to mind. I suppose they’ll try something again. They have to – like a person with bad body odour trying anything to distract you from the smell.
This incident also show how much the situation has changed. From the time when quite a bit of eastern Sri Lanka was under terrorist control. Remember the days when the Navy was always in the news – battling away off the east coast? With the Sea Tigers seemingly involved in other things, the Sri Lanka Navy isn’t as frequently in the news these days. Seems a long way from the days of desperate battles off the North East coast. Or those dramatic interceptions of terrorist weapons ships. I guess this is an opportunity to get back into the news. And another reason not to get cocky from the triumphant news from the defence ministry.
For those who want to explore more, can visit the Trinco Navy dock via satellite mode on Google maps.