Expansion of information fusion center facilities at Navy Headquarters
Saturday, March 26, 2022, 10:05 p.m. SL time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.
March 26, Colombo: The official handover of Maritime Domain Awareness (MDA) equipment to the Information Fusion Center (IFC – Colombo) established at Navy Headquarters took place in the presence of the Japanese Ambassador in Sri Lanka, Mizukoshi Hideaki and the Commander of the Navy, Vice Admiral Nishantha Ulugetenne, Friday, March 25, 2022.
Sri Lanka comprises a coastline of 1340 km with an exclusive economic zone (EEZ) of 510,000 km2 and a search and rescue (SAR) region which is approximately 27 times the landmass. In addition, a large number of ships pass through the southern tip of Sri Lanka in the Indian Ocean. In this context, Sri Lanka has a compelling responsibility to ensure maritime security in this vast ocean region.
IFC Colombo facilitates cooperation, collaboration and maritime information sharing among local and international stakeholders to improve maritime domain awareness. The supply of MDA equipment came under the Global Maritime Crime Program (GMCP) of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), with sponsorship from the Japanese government. Meanwhile, IFC Colombo will be able to improve its operational efficiency, with the introduction of this new set of equipment.
Alongside the receipt of MDA equipment, the launch of the official website of IFC Colombo (https://www.ifccolombo.org) also took place under the auspices of the Commander of the Navy at the Information Fusion Center .
Chief of Naval Staff, Rear Admiral YN Jayarathne, Director General of Operations, Rear Admiral Prasanna Mahawithana, Senior Naval Officers of Naval Headquarters, Defense Attaché at the Japanese Embassy, Captain Fukaura Gaku, Program Coordinator, United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime Ms. Pernille Rasmussen and a group of officials were present on this occasion.