Sept 17, Colombo: The Sri Lanka Navy (SLN) is currently conducting a specialized ship search and seizure training for the overseas Coast Guard personnel in partnership with the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, (UNODC), the Navy said.
A Visit Board Search & Seizure (VBSS) course for the boarding teams of Indonesian, Malaysian and Philippine Coast Guards commenced at the Special Boat Squadron (SBS) Headquarters in Trincomalee Monday (16th September 2019).
Under the directives of Commander of the Navy, Vice Admiral Piyal De Silva the program is conducted at the Training School of SBS and the opening address of the course was held with the participation of Commander Hemakumara Herath, Training Commander Special Boat Squadron Training School, Maritime Law Enforcement mentors from the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime program and a group of naval personnel.
The two week-long course organized for the fifth time for maritime law enforcement agencies of member states is being held at the SBS Headquarters and it is participated by 8 Coast Guard personnel each from Indonesia and Malaysia and 9 Coast Guard personnel from the Philippines.
During the course, the participants are expected to hone their knowledge mainly on VBSS operations, drug identification, drug transferring methods and planning, preparation and boarding procedures. The VBSS training program is scheduled to end on 27th September 2019.