In response to the threat of piracy, especially in the Horn of Africa, many private maritime-security companies (PMSC) started employing armed guards on board merchant vessels. Noticing this trend, a private public partnership (PPP) was formed with one such PMSC by the Ministry of Defence of Sri Lanka in which the Sri Lanka Navy was also a partner. This PPP has benefitted the navy as well as generated foreign exchange.
The annual maritime conference, “Galle Dialogue,” is another indicator of growing partnerships, and the forum makes available a forum to express views and exchange dialogue. Last year’s event, annually conducted in historic port city of Galle, saw 35 foreign countries participate and was held under the theme “Emerging Maritime Trends in the Indian Ocean.”
The Indian Ocean has been identified as the most significant body of water in the 21st century. Being situated at a center position of the ocean, with almost equal distances to Bab-El-Mandeb and the Strait of Malacca, where SLOCs keep the world’s economies running, Sri Lanka has come out of shackles to play its part in the 21st century. The Sri Lanka Navy is destined and honored to lead this maritime renaissance.