Most countries were not keen to give ships during the war, cabinet spokesman Dr Rajitha Senaratne said today.
He said that while China and Pakistan openly gave Sri Lanka military hardware countries like India were not willing to do it openly.
Senaratne said that as a result the Sri Lanka Navy had to use small crafts during the war and not war ships.
Meanwhile, the Defence Attaché of the Chinese Embassy in Sri Lanka, Senior Colonel Xu Jianwei called on the Commander of the Navy, Vice Admiral Sirimevan Ranasinghe at the Navy Headquarters this week.
During the cordial interactions that ensued after the exchange of pleasantries, the Senior Colonel Jianwei extended his best wishes to Vice Admiral Ranasinghe on his new appointment as the 22nd Commander of the Sri Lanka Navy. (Colombo Gazette)