Navy in islandwide beach clean-up drive

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Parallel to International Coastal Cleanup Day and Marine Resources Conservation Week, the Sri Lanka Navy carried out several clean-up drives in beach areas covering all naval commands on 17 September 2022.

On the directive of Commander of the Navy, Vice Admiral Nishantha Ulugetenne, the Navy often contributes to beach cleanup efforts to minimise plastic and polythene waste entering the ocean and protect the pristine coastal environment .The Western Naval Command in Galle Face and Crow Island Beaches, Eastern Naval Command in Back Bay Beach, Trincomalee, North Central Naval Command in Urumalai Beach, Northwestern Naval Command in Kallaru, Anawasala, Gangewadiya and Karukapane Beaches, Southeastern Naval Command in Arugambay Beach, Northern Naval Command in Madagal, Pungudutivu and Delft Beaches and Southern Naval Command in Rekawa Beach carried out these beach cleanup programmes. During this timely effort, naval personnel helped restore the attractiveness of the beaches by removing plastic and other waste scattered along the coastline.

The beach cleanup drive at Galle Face was carried out under the supervision of the Chief of Staff of the Navy, Rear Admiral Priyantha Perera and the efforts of each Naval Command in this endeavor were well supported by officers and sailors from the Navy Headquarters and the respective Naval Commands.