Foreign participants successfully conclude VBSS course
[November 26 2018]
The 3rd Visit Board Search & Seizure (VBSS) course
conducted by the Special Boat Squadron (SBS) of the Sri Lanka Navy for
the military personnel from Indonesian, Malaysian, and Philippine
affiliated to the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC)
concluded on a successful note recently.
According to Navy media, the training programme was
conducted from the 19th to 24th November at the SBS Headquarters in the
eastern port city of Trincomalee. Twenty participants including 08
Indonesian customs officials, 08 Malaysian Coast Guard officials and 02
officials each from the Maritime Police and Coast Guard of the
Philippines attended the six-day course conducted by the Navy in
collaboration with the UNODC. During the course, the participants were
imparted with knowledge mainly on drug identification, drug transferring
methods and planning, preparation and boarding during VBSS operations.
The closing ceremony was graced by the Ambassador of
Japan to Sri Lanka, His Excellency Mr. Akira Sugiyama. Chief of Staff of
the Sri Lanka Navy, Rear Admiral Piyal De Silva, head of Global Maritime
Crime Programme Mr. Alan Cole and senior naval officers were also
present at the occasion.