Australian Department of Defence donates PPE to Sri Lanka Navy

The Australian Department of Defence handed over a stock of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) worth Rs. 23.4 million to the Sri Lanka Navy, during a simple ceremony held at the official residence of the Australian High Commissioner in Colombo today (14th August 2020), the Sri Lanka Navy media unit said.

While augmenting the coordinated efforts of the government to control the spread of COVID-19, Sri Lanka Navy has been conducting a wide range of programmes which include sterilization of public places, setting up of disinfection chambers and development of remote-controlled smart appliances, making use of expertise of naval personnel.

Apart from that, the Navy has been operating several quarantine centres across the island, which has been set up to arrest possible transmission of COVID-19.

In this backdrop, the Defence Adviser of the Australian High Commission in Sri Lanka, Group Captain Sean Unwin symbolically handed over a stock of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) to the Commander of the Navy, Vice Admiral Nishantha Ulugetenne in appreciation of the Navy’s efforts in fighting the spread of the coronavirus.

The generous gesture saw the handing over of 12,000 PPE kits and 200,000 hand gloves worth Rs. 23.4 million.

The occasion was also attended by the High Commissioner of Australia to Sri Lanka, David Holly. (Colombo Gazette)


  1. If the Sri Lankan navy don’t stop the “boats”. Australia will be swamped by refugees. The donation has nothing to do with altruism or charity. It is in the category of: you scratch my back, and I will scratch your back.

    Many people make the same mistake with Chinese altruism. The only “welfare” the Chinese are concerned about is their own.

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