by David A. Anderson and Anton Wijeyesekera
October 15, 2011 - 8:56am
As a prominent place for naval harboring and maritime security in the Indian Ocean, Sri Lanka is an ideal location for a naval base to oversee the Indian Ocean and its increasingly busy shipping lanes. No other nation in the South Asian region can claim the importance Sri Lanka has in terms of its geography. Places such as Pakistan, Bangladesh, and Maldives, all have their own geographic and strategic value, but from a naval strategic point of view, Sri Lanka brings more advantages in terms of distances to strategic points along the littoral and protection of fleets and sea-lanes.
In the past, Sri Lanka accorded permission to US naval forces to use the harbor at Trincomalee for rest and recuperation. At one point, there was widespread rumor that Trincomalee might become a US naval base. Since 1983 however, Sri Lanka’s importance in terms of a possible base diminished considerably as a result of the security situation that prevailed within the country. However, with Sri Lanka’s defeat of the Tamil Tigers in 2009, should the US pursue establishing a naval base in Sri Lanka?
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