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SLN successfully concludes VBSS course with UN

February 22, 2021

The Sri Lanka Navy’s (SLN) Special Boat Squadron (SBS) successfully concluded the Counter Improvised Explosive Devices (C-IED) Visit Board Search & Seizure (VBSS) Course in Trincomalee, last Friday.

This course has been conducted under the supervision of the Global Maritime Crime Programme of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC).

The objective of the course was to impart trainees a comprehensive knowledge on VBSS Operations, Boarding Team Procedure and Maritime Law Enforcement Operations (MLEO), especially in possible IED environments, the SLN said.

Accordingly, a course conducted by instructors of SBS and mentors from UNODC was held for two weeks in Trincomalee with the participation of 24 personnel from SLN and Sri Lanka Coast Guard (SLCG), the SLN also said.

On successful completion of the course, its participants were awarded certificates and the occasion was attended by Deputy Head of Global Maritime Crime Programme, Ms. Siri Bjune, Deputy Area Commander Eastern Naval Area, Commodore Anura Danapala, Commanding Officer SBS Captain Nishshanka Wickramasinghe, maritime law enforcement mentors from UNODC and instructors from SBS.

The course and the certificate awarding ceremony were conducted adhering to the healthcare guidelines that are in force to contain the spread of COVID-19, the SLN confirmed.