Navy deep sea fleet further bolstered | Daily News


Navy deep sea fleet further bolstered


The Sri Lanka Navy augmented their flotilla of deep sea patrol vessels with a state of the art Advanced Offshore Patrol Vessel built for them by Goa Shipyards Ltd.

The ceremonial launch of the new vessel was held at Goa Shipyard which was attended by Defence Ministry Secretary Karrunasena Hettiarachchi and Navy Commander Vice Admiral Ravindra Wijegunawardana.

The ship is 105 m in length and 13.6 m in width complete with a helipad capable of landing a helicopter. It also has a displacement capacity of 2350 tons with accommodation for 18 officers and 100 sailors.

The vessel has an endurance of 4,500 nautical miles in terms of carrying out surveillance operations. The entire project will cost the government USD 74 million on completion.

Among the other invitees were Joint Secretary Aeronautical and Defence Production Ministry of Defence India, Sanjay Prasad, High Commissioner to Sri Lanka in India, Esala Weerakoon and Weerakoon, Flag Officer Naval Aviation and Flag Officer Commanding Goa Area, Rear Admiral and Puneet Kumar Bahl, former Commanders of the Indian Navy, Admiral (Retd) Arun Prakash and Admiral (Retd) Sureesh Mehta, President and Managing Director of Goa Shipyards Ltd. Rear Admiral and Shekhar Mital, dignitaries and special invitees of the Indian government, senior officers of Indian and Sri Lanka Navies.

The programme concluded following exchange of mementos among the participants.



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