"Sayurala" leaves for ASEAN International Fleet Review -2017
Sri Lanka Navy's largest Advanced Offshore Patrol
Vessel (AOPV), SLNS Sayurala left the country to attend the Association
of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) International Fleet Review -2017 in
Thailand, on Thursday (09th November).
The ship left with a crew of 127 Naval personnel from
Trincomalee, yesterday. This will be the first foreign sea voyage of "Sayurala"
which joined the Navy's fleet in August, this year (2017).
According to Navy media, the International Fleet
Review is scheduled to be held in Pattaya, Thailand from 18th to 21st
November. It is being held to coincide with the 50th anniversary
celebrations of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN).
Twenty six (26) Naval ships representing 19 Southeast Asian countries
are expected to take part in the Fleet Review and related exercises.
"Sayurala" was built at the Goa Shipyard Ltd (GSL) in
India and was commissioned by President Maithripala Sirisena on 02nd
August (2017). The ship is built in keeping with the Indian Register of
Shipping (IRS) and the American Bureau of Shipping (ABS) standards. The
105.7m long ship is 13.6m wide and is capable of achieving a maximum
speed of 26 knots and cruising speed of 12-14 knots.