‘Sherman’, the Ex-United States Coast Guard Cutter taken over by the Sri Lanka Navy (SLN) from the US, arrived in Colombo today morning (12th May). The ship was accorded a traditional naval welcome by the Navy upon its arrival at the Colombo port.
Commander of the Navy, Vice Admiral Piyal De Silva was present to receive the ship which arrived with a crew 0f 22 officers and 111 sailors. Later the Navy Commander made an inspection visit onboard the ship.
According to Navy media, the ship is 115m long and comes equipped with state of the art weapons and machinery. The vessel is scheduled to receive its commission by the President in the near future. Once it joins the Navy's fleet, it will be the largest platform to be held by the SLN. The ship will be utilized for deep sea patrol and surveillance operations around the island, providing maritime security and assisting in search and rescue missions.