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Sri Lanka receives Naval Vessel from India

Sri Lanka receives Naval Vessel from India

[September 06 2017]

An Offshore Patrol Vessel (OPV), earlier owned by the Indian Coast Guard has been officially handed over to Sri Lanka by the Indian Government. According to Navy media, the official handing over ceremony was held on Tuesday (05th September) at the Port of Kochi in India.

The ceremony saw the ship being officially handed over to the Director General of the Sri Lanka Coast Guard, Rear Admiral Samantha Wimalathunge by the Director General of the Indian Coast Guard, Vice Admiral Rajendra Singh.

The 74.10m long and 11.4m wide OPV, has a displacement of 1,180 tons and can travel at 22 nautical miles per hour. It can carry a crew of 10 officers and 98 sailors. The vessel is capable of covering a distance of 8,500 nautical miles at speeds of 16 nautical miles per hour. With its onboard helipad, the vessel can also accommodate the latest light helicopters.

The Sri Lanka Coast Guard (SLCG) will use the vessel for patrolling and surveillance of the country's territorial waters, humanitarian assistance and disaster response operations, prevention of maritime pollution and for training purposes. The vessel is expected to leave the Indian Port on 14th (September) upon the completion of familiarization of its operational and technical procedures. The vessel will join the SLCG fleet after being assigned the pennant number, CG 60.

Chief of Staff of the Sri Lanka Navy, Rear Admiral Sirimevan Ranasinghe, Additional Director General of the Indian Coast Guard, Mr. K. Natarajan, Chief of Staff of India's Southern Naval Command, Rear Admiral RJ Nadkarni and senior officers of Navies as Coast Guards of both countries were present at the handing over ceremony. 

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