Lanka Navy commissions India-built patrol vessel

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 06 Aug 2017 12:57:48


Aug 5,


SRI LANKAN Navy has commissioned an India-built state-of-the-art Advanced Offshore Patrol Vessel (AOPV), the first-ever purchase from a foreign ship builder, to boost its search and rescue capabilities. Sri Lankan President and Armed Forces Commander-in-Chief Maithripala Sirisena commissioned the new patrol vessel “SLNS Sayurala” this week at a ceremony at the Eastern Container Terminal of the Port of Colombo.

It is the largest vessel built by an Indian ship builder for a foreign Navy to date. The event was also attended by Flag Officer Commander in Chief Southern Naval Command-Indian Navy Vice Admiral A R Karve. Built at the Goa Shipyard Ltd (GSL) in India, SLNS Sayurala is the first-ever brand new platform purchased from a foreign ship builder and tailored for the specific requirements of the Sri Lanka Navy (SLN), a navy statement said.

It is expected to conduct patrols, policing, surveillance, reconnaissance, search and rescue, Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Relief (HADR) and pollution control missions in  Sri Lanka’s maritime zones, the statement said. The 105.7 metre-long and 13.6 meter-wide vessel can also be used for external fire-fighting missions. Sayurala features a range of modern facilities and advanced technological instrument and is capable of achieving the maximum speed of 26 knots and cruising speed of 12-14 knots. It has a displacement of 2,350 tonnes.