LTTE terrorist leadership having understood the importance of a separate fleet much emphasis and attention was given to forming of a sizable sea Tiger fleet. Much of the LTTE’s attention at the mid 90’s was to equip the sea Tigers with various types of craft along with weapon out fit to challenge the Sri Lanka Navy. LTTE terrorists being the only organization with an international maritime network were thinking that they are too in equal state with the Sri Lanka Navy.Has a little history, from a certain view.
UDATE: Added map. Previous posts on Tamil Tiger maritime operations here and here (and at links therein).