Navy earns mas­sive US$20 Mn from OBST Ops

Daily Mirror (Sri Lanka) - - NEWS -

Since tak­ing over the du­ties of fa­cil­i­tat­ing On-board Se­cu­rity Teams (OBST) some 15 months ago, the Sri Lanka Navy, to-date has earned for the na­tional cof­fers more than US$20 mil­lion.

The Navy said yes­ter­day the du­ties un­der­taken was an ex­ten­sion of mar­itime se­cu­rity op­er­a­tions in which they got ac­tively in­volved in keep­ing our ter­i­to­rial wa­ters safe and secure for free mar­itime nav­i­ga­tion.

At the pre­vail­ing cur­rency ex­change rates, the earn­ings amount to a mas­sive Rs.3 bil­lion, at an av­er­age of Rs.200 mil­lion a month, by way of OBST op­er­a­tions from mid-novem­ber 2015 to-date. The earn­ings were from more than 8,200 ship move­ments pre­dom­i­nantly

The Navy took over OBST op­er­a­tions fol­low­ing a spe­cial di­rec­tive by Pres­i­dent Maithri­pala Sirisena

through Galle and Colombo op­er­a­tion cen­tres.

The Navy took over OBST op­er­a­tions fol­low­ing a spe­cial di­rec­tive by Pres­i­dent Maithri­pala Sirisena. The earn­ings are di­rectly cred­ited to the Gov­ern­ment’s Con­sol­i­dated Fund.

The Navy is re­spon­si­ble for re­ceiv­ing, stor­ing and is­su­ing weapons, am­mu­ni­tion and equip­ment reg­is­tered with for­eign and lo­cal OBSTS.

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