PM commissions Sri Lanka Navy’s 2nd AOPV - ‘Sindurala’
April 20, 2018 08:48 am
The second Advanced Offshore Patrol Vessel (AOPV) of Sri Lanka Navy, built at the Indian shipbuilding facility - Goa Shipyard Ltd (GSL), received its graceful commissioning from the Prime Minister of Sri Lanka, Ranil Wickremesinghe at the Eastern Container Terminal of the port of Colombo.
Upon the arrival of the Prime Minister, the Chief Guest of the occasion, at the Eastern Container Terminal, he was accorded a Guard of Honour in accordance with naval traditions yesterday (19).
Subsequently the Prime Minister reviewed the Guard of Honour before handing over the Commissioning Warrant to the inaugural Commanding Officer of the ship, Captain Samantha Perera. Thereupon, the Commanding Officer read out the Commissioning Warrant pledging his bounden duty in safeguarding the interests of the nation with full of respect and honour, the navy media unit said.
Afterwards, the Prime Minister unveiled the ship’s crest and name board among the blessings of religious dignitaries, to designate the new AOPV as Sri Lanka Navy Ship (SLNS) Sindurala.
Further, PM Ranil Wickremesinghe together with distinguished guests got onboard to inspect the facilities and instrument fitted onboard this state of the art vessel and he was briefed on the advanced technological instrument of the ship, by Commander of the Navy.
This AOPV which is the second vessel of its kind possessed by the Sri Lanka Navy will be manned by 18 officers and 100 sailors. The length and the width of the latest platform are measured to be 105.7m and 13.6m respectively and it is provided with a landing facility and hangar for Advanced Light Helicopter (ALH).
Religious dignitaries including the Venerable Maha Sangha, Minister of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources Development, Mahinda Amaraweera, Minister of Agriculture Duminda Dissanayake, State Minister of Defence Ruwan Wijewardene, Secretary to the Ministry of Defence Kapila Waidyaratne P.C., High Commissioner of India in Colombo, Taranjit Singh Sandhu, Chief of Defence Staff, Admiral Ravindra Wijegunaratne, Commander of the Navy, Vice Admiral Sirimevan Ranasinghe, Deputy Chief of Staff and Director General Operations, Rear Admiral Piyal De Silva and officers of Goa Shipyard Ltd were also present on this grand occasion.