'SLNS Sindurala' joins Navy fleet
Navy's second new AOPV Commissioned by Prime Minister
[April 20 2018]
The latest Advanced Offshore Patrol Vessel (AOPV) of
the Sri Lanka Navy received its commission during a Commissioning
Ceremony held at the Eastern Container Terminal of the Colombo Harbour
on Thursday (19th April 2018). The new ship was commissioned as 'SLNS
Sindurala' by Prime Minister Hon. Ranil Wickremesinghe during the
ceremony held last evening.
State Minister of Defence Hon. Ruwan Wijewardane and
Secretary to the Ministry of Defence Mr. Kapila Waidyaratne PC were also
present at the occasion.
Upon arrival at the venue, the Prime Minister, was
accorded a Guard of Honour by Naval troops. Subsequently the Premier
handed over Commissioning Warrant to the Commanding Officer of the ship
which was then read by him. After ceremonially unveiling the ship's crest and
name board, the Prime Minister, accompanied by the Commander of the
Navy, Vice Admiral Sirimevan Ranasinghe and other dignitaries made an
inspection visit to the new ship.
SLNS Sindurala is the second of the brand new AOPVs
build in India to join the Sri Lanka Navy. The first vessel joined the
Naval fleet as 'SLNS Sayurala' after being commissioned by President
Maithripala Sirisena on 02nd August last year (2017).
SLNS Sindurala is 105.7m in length and 13.6 m in width
and will be manned by a crew of 118 personnel including 18 officers.
Among the many state of the art facilities, the ship also has a landing
facility and hangar for an Advanced Light Helicopter (ALH).
Members of the Maha Sangha and other religious
denominations, Cabinet Ministers, High Commissioner of India, Chief of
Defence Staff, Commander of the Air Force, former Commanders, Vice Chief
of the Naval Staff (VCNS) of the Indian Navy, senior tri forces officers
and distinguished invitees were also present at the occasion.