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'SLNS Sindurala' joins Navy fleet

'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.


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