The Japanese government handed over maritime domain reconnaissance (MDA) equipment to the Sri Lankan Navy’s Information Fusion Center (IFC) on March 26.
The event took place at the Sri Lanka Navy Headquarters in Colombo, where the IFC is based.
Japanese Ambassador Hideaki Mizukoshi attended the event along with Commander of the Navy, Vice Admiral Nishantha Ulugetenne and Pernille Rasmussen, Coordinator of the Global Maritime Crime Program (GMCP) of the United Nations Office against Drugs and Crime (UNODC), among other senior officials and staff of both organizations. MDA equipment was donated by the Government of Japan through GMCP.
IFC plays a central role as a lead unit in addressing many maritime challenges such as illicit activities and environmental issues at sea by collecting, analyzing and sharing information with local and international stakeholders, which enhances the MDA of the Indian Ocean Region (IOR).
The Government of Japan, in collaboration with the GMCP, has continuously extended its support to the IFC to strengthen its MDA capability by installing a wide range of equipment, including maritime surveillance radars, thermal cameras and processors at various stages.
The latest equipment provided will not only improve Sri Lanka’s response to maritime crime, but will also contribute to the strengthening of the rule of law as well as regional peace and stability, which are the pillars of an Indo -Free and open Pacific.
The official IFC website was also launched on the same occasion.