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Navy builds Inshore Patrol Craft for Sri Lanka Coast Guard

Navy builds Inshore Patrol Craft for Sri Lanka Coast Guard

Commander of the Sri Lanka Navy Vice Admiral Somathilake Dissanayake ceremonially handed over an Inshore Patrol Craft (IPC) constructed by the Navy to the Sri Lanka Coast Guard at the Port of Colombo today (01st March 2011). Director General of the Sri Lanka Coast Guard Rear Admiral (Rtd) Daya Dharmapriya and senior officers of the Sri Lanka Navy and Sri Lanka Coast Guard were present on the occasion.

The new IPC augments the operational capability of the Sri Lanka Coast Guard and allows it to increase its fleet requirements at a low cost saving a substantial amount of foreign exchange to the country.

The craft was constructed at SLNS Mahasen in Welisara under the SLN's Inshore Patrol Craft Construction Project at an approximate cost of 20 million rupees. The new IPC meets the local requirements since it is custom-built as per the specifications of the operator Sri Lanka Coast Guard using indigenous expertise and raw material. The craft is 14.5m in length and 3.5m in width. It has a displacement of 09 tons and is fitted with two engines of 350 HP each. The hull of the craft is made of fiber glass giving extra safety. The craft is equipped with a modern Radar System, a GPS system and an electronic compass.

Courtesy : Navy media

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