Colombo: Sri Lankan troops have recovered an Liberation Tigers of Tamil Ealem (LTTE) submarine from the northern Wanni region formerly held by the rebels, two months after the military defeat of the guerilla outfit.
The submarine, which is capable of accommodating a crew of three to four, was found buried 40 feet beneath the sea and 500 meters from the seashore in the Mullaittivu sea, the military said.
The 56 Division Troops and Task Force VIII Troops also jointly participated in the search operation yesterday in Mulliyavelli in Mullaittivu and recovered arms and ammunitions, it said.
Several submersible devices had been found by the military in the final phase of the 30-year-old civil war that ended with the death of LTTE supremo Velupillai Prabhakaran on 18 May.
The Tigers had a naval wing known as the ‘Sea Tigers´ and had sunk several naval craft as well as merchant ships off the island’s northeast coast.
Earlier this week, Sri Lankan troops made one of the largest arms discoveries since the defeat of LTTE.
The army, which is engaged in continuous search and clear operations in the north has recovered a huge cache of arms and ammunition, the officials said.