The Advanced Offshore Patrol Vessel (AOPV) constructed at Goa Shipyard Limited (GSL) for the mission requirement of the Sri Lanka Navy, arrived at the Colombo harbour this Friday.
Upon its arrival at the Colombo port, the brand new vessel that is expected to join the SLN fleet, was warmly received by the Navy in compliance with naval traditions.
The ship is commanded by Captain (N) Nishantha Amarosa and its crew consists of 18 officers and 100 sailors.
Subsequently, the Commander of the Navy, Vice Admiral Ravindra Wijegunaratne made an inspection visit onboard ship and supervised the functional and operational aspects of the new AOPV.
The ship will be commissioned by the President and Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces Maithripala Sirisena, at the Colombo harbour premises on 2nd August, as SLNS Sayurala.
This latest inclusion will go down in the annals of Sri Lanka Navy as the first ever OPV acquisition. The ship underwent various trials and tests before she set sail to her final destination, Sri Lanka, to affirm her operational and patrolling capabilities.
The vessel saw the light of day at the GSL with the signing of the contract on 17th February 2014. The agreement included two Advanced Offshore Patrol Vessels (AOPVs) for the Sri Lanka Navy and the production of the first AOPV began on 15th May 2014. The keel of the first vessel was laid on 10th Sep 2014 and was ceremonially launched on 10th June 2016.
The twin sister of this AOPV which is currently being built by the same shipbuilder is also scheduled to join SLN fleet in the next year.
By: India Today
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