Written by Tharushan Fernando
25 Sep, 2015 | 10:46 pm
Attention has once again been drawn towards the investigations on Avant Garde. According to its website, Avant Garde Maritime Services lists that it operates three vessels for marine security purposes.
One such vessel was the Floating Armoury anchored at the Galle Harbour that was at the centre of much controversy.
The website also speaks of a Floating Armoury MV Avant Garde maintaining a stationary position in the Red Sea, and another Floating Armoury, MV Seapol One MV Seapol One in the Gulf of Oman.
Port authorities say that the controversial floating armoury in the Galle harbour, MV Mahanuwara has been released from its custody and is being considered as a common vessel.
Rakna Arakshaka Lanka Limited says that the weapons owned by them were in the floating armories in the Red Seas and the Gulf of Oman.
Making a submission before the Presidential Commission of Inquiry to look into large scale corruption and fraud, Damayanthi Jayaratne, a former Additional Secretary to the Ministry of Defence had accepted that firearms to the Rakna Arakshaka Lanka Company was provided in violation of the usual legal practice.
It was also revealed that 3473 weapons had been provided to Rakna Arakshaka Lanka, and only 89 of them have licences.
Rakna Arakshaka Lanka Limited also noted that of the floating armouries only the one in the Red Sea, the MV Avant Garde is in operation.
According to the Marine Traffic Website, the MV Seapol One listed by Avant Garde to be stationed in the Gulf of Oman has been described as a fishing vessel and the vessel is flagged under Mongolia .
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