Saturday, February 28, 2009


Learning From the War in Sri Lanka


From www.janes.com

In a feature for Jane’s Navy International, Tim Fish reports: “ Bringing the conflict to a conclusion after 30 years of war would not have been possible without the Sri Lanka Navy (SLN)”.

In order to counter the LTTE and its Sea Tiger cadres, the SLN developed three categories of small craft and associated warfighting tactics as part of a Small Boats Concept, which was a major turning point in the progress of the war against the separatist organisation. The Small Boats Concept effectively copied the Sea Tigers’ asymmetric tactics, but on a much larger scale.

With rudimentary shipbuilding facilities, Sri Lanka manufactured 150 or more of these small Inshore Patrol Craft (IPCs) and employed them in infantry-style tactics to gain the ascendancy over swarms of Sea Tiger attack craft and suicide boats.
However, as well as operating in littoral waters, the SLN proved that it could also take the fight to the LTTE far over the horizon, sinking eight warehouse ships up to 2,000 n miles from Sri Lanka.


The interesting quote here is, "The Small Boats Concept effectively copied the Sea Tigers’ asymmetric tactics, but on a much larger scale."

If the enemy appears to be winning why not study his tactics and copy them but on a much larger scale?

The picture above is of a recently captured Tamil Tiger submarine painted with cute fish eyes. To view more pictures of captured Tamil Tiger assets click here: www.myapologetics.com.

Most readers should be aware that the Tamil Tigers are nearing defeat holding only a strip of jungle about the size of Manhattan. Check out the map. The small dot of red shown in the inset is the only territory they now hold.