Staff Reporter

RAMANATHAPURAM: Some more ships of the Indian Navy are expected to reach Rameswaram soon as part of the security plan worked out in the wake of the recent developments in Sri Lanka.

They will be in addition to the two ships patrolling the International Maritime Boundary Line. Besides, scores of interceptor craft fitted with weapons including light machine guns and medium machine guns, two hovercraft and high-powered speedboats of Navy and the Coast Guard have been pressed into service.

Commodore Phillip Van Haltren, Naval Officer in-charge, Tamil Nadu, said the ships would reach Rameswaram in a day or two. They would patrol Palk Bay, Palk Strait and the Gulf of Mannar.

He would soon visit Rameswaram to review security arrangements and assess the requirements. Commodore Haltren said number of air sorties over the Gulf of Mannar and Palk Strait had been doubled. Two Naval aircraft were involved in the operation. The strength of marine commandos of the forward observation point at Arichamunai had been increased.