The Sri Lanka Navy's largest passenger craft 'Jetliner' which served as a life line between the North and East during the Humanitarian Operations left on its final voyage to Indonesia last morning.
The Jetliner has been on lease from an Indonesian company since 2006 and with the lease ending the Navy has handed over the ship back to the owners.
"The ship sailed for Indonesia this morning and it would not come back again," Navy Spokesman Commander Kosala Warnakulasuriya said.
Jetliner has discontinued all operations and will not be undertaking any reservations in future, the Navy said.
During the conflict in the North, Jetliner played a pivotal role in the naval operations ferrying thousands of troops, civilians and supplies between Trincomalee and Kankasanthurai ports as the ground routes were inaccessible due to the terrorist occupation of the region.
Following the end of the conflict in May 2009 after the ground routes were cleared, the Jetliner assumed a new role as a cruise ship and it was deployed for tourism purposes under the theme 'Visit Sri Lanka 2011' as a joint venture between Sri Lanka Navy and Sri Lanka Tourism Development Authority.
The Jetliner served as a venue for weddings, corporate events, New Year dinner dances, and other social functions earning millions for the country.