Trincomalee is a strategically important port town now for India, USA and Japan
Trincomalee is a port town in Eastern Srilanka, which is known for its scenic beauty, eminent enough to be qualified for being featured in the National Geographic. But it is just recently that it has been added in the place of strategic importance as well, as a naval base, which is something really different it has been noted for. Even since the 17th century, from the time of Portuguese and its value has been grasped by Portuguese even since then, the next that laid their eyes on it in the succession are Dutch, British, French, Indians, Americans, and even Japanese.
As on the present day, India, US, and Japan are next in the line for trying to convince the Srilankan government that their presence is felt there, in the interest of Sri Lanka, while citing a possible and potential maritime security threat to Srilanka from China. This also erupted from the worry that, China might try to make its presence felt there and control the region, in order to threaten the present ‘free and rule-based’ maritime commerce In the Indo-Pacific region. In the month of August, the town saw a USS Anchorage, of the 7th feet of US with marines on board, for humanitarian exercise with the Srilankan Navy, by dropping an anchor.
This also coincided with the Japanese defense minister visiting Srilanka and Trincomalee and sending a destroyer Ikazuchi, to berth here. When a leading Maritime security expert of Srilanka, had asked that why all this is happening now, he replied that “With the Chinese, positioned safely now at the Hambantota port, with 70% being at stake and 99 years of lease on it, the only port which is of value is Trincomalee of Srilanka. It is also one of the finest harbors in the world; it has a natural depth of 25meters and does not have to be dredged.” It has also been functioning as a naval base since colonial times.