Sri Lanka Coast Guard
The Sri Lanka Coast Guard, officially the Department of Coast Guard, is a Sri Lankan non-ministerial government department tasked with Coast guard duties within the territorial waters of Sri Lanka. It comes under the purview of the Ministry of Defence and be staffed by civilian personal. It is headed by Director General of Sri Lanka Coast Guard, currently Rear Admiral Ravindra Wijegunaratne.
It as a carder of 100 officers and 900 sailors in 2012 and its headquarters is located in Wellawatta.
Prior to 2009 it was the Coast Guard Unit attached to the Ministry of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources, responsible for fishery and natural resources protection in coastal areas. The current department of coast guard was created under the Department of Coast Guard Bill presented to parliament in 2009.
- law enforcement within the country's exclusive economic zone
- search and rescue
- assist the customs in conducting anti-smuggling and anti-immigration operations
- suppression of terrorist activities in territorial waters of Sri Lanka