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Navy takes charge of Sherman

The Sherman.
The Sherman.

Ex-United States Coast Guard Cutter (USCGC) Sherman handed over to the Sri Lanka Navy (SLN) by the US government, arrived at the Colombo Port yesterday.

The vessel given to the Sri Lanka Navy by the US government in a bid to increase the operational capability of the island’s sea arm, arrived at the Colombo Port around 10.00 am yesterday.

Sri Lanka Navy welcomed the ship in compliance with naval traditions. The ship is commanded by Captain (ND) Rohitha Abeysinghe and its crew comprises 22 officers and 111 sailors.

This occasion was also attended by Navy Commander Vice Admiral Piyal De Silva, Navy Chief of Staff Rear Admiral Nishantha Ulugetenne, Director General Operations Rear Admiral Niraja Attygalle and senior officers from the Naval Headquarters and Western Naval Command.

Subsequently, the Navy Commander made an inspection of the ship and supervised its functional and operational aspects.

The ship is scheduled to be commissioned by President Maithripala Sirisena, who is also Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces, in the near future.

Former Navy Commander Admiral Sirimevan Ranasinghe officially accepted the Sherman into the Sri Lanka Navy from USCG Assistant Commandant Acquisition and Chief Acquisition Officer Rear Admiral Haycock, in a ceremony held in Honolulu, Hawaii, on August 27, last year.

Sherman is a 115m-long ship equipped with state-of-the-art weapons and machinery.

Once the ship joins the SLN fleet, she will be the largest ship in the SLN’s fleet. She will be utilised for patrol and surveillance missions in the deep seas around Sri Lanka, providing maritime security and assistance for search and rescue operations. 

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