Australian flood aid handed over to the Navy

The urgent flood aid and relief boats provided by the Australian Government for the community affected by floods and mudslides in Sri Lanka, were handed over to the Sri Lanka Navy at the naval base SLNS Rangalla, Colombo today (1).

Initially, the flood aid was handed over to the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Hon. Ravi Karunanayake by the Australian High Commissioner Bryce Hutchesson. Subsequently, the Hon. Minister officially handed over the consignment of relief which included high-grade inflatable boats and outboard motors to the Commander of the Navy, Vice Admiral Ravindra Wijegunaratne.

The occasion was also attended by; diplomats from Sri Lanka and Australia, Commander Western Naval Area, Rear Admiral Niraja Attygalle, Director General Operations, Rear Admiral Piyal De Silva, Defence Advisor of the High Commission of Australia in Sri Lanka, Captain Jason Sears and a host of senior naval officers.

The strong bilateral relationship between Australia and Sri Lanka is clearly highlighted yet again through this noble gesture. Further, another consignment of relief materials is scheduled to arrive in Sri Lanka this evening.