(LANKAPUVATH | COLOMBO) –Sri Lanka President and Commander-In-Chief of the armed forces Ranil Wickremesinghe yesterday commissioned the Offshore Patrol Vessel P 627 acquired by the Sri Lanka Navy from the United States as SLNS Vijayabahu.
The United States had donated the former U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Douglas Munro to Sri Lanka on October 26, 2021 as part of its continuing commitment to strengthen Sri Lanka’s ability to protect its maritime sovereignty and security.
U.S. Ambassador to Sri Lanka Julie Chung attended the commissioning ceremony held at the Colombo Port, the U.S. Embassy in Colombo said.
Secretary to the Ministry of Defense Kamal Gunaratne and the Commander of the Sri Lanka Navy Vice Admiral Nishantha Ulugetenne also graced the occasion.
The President as the Chief Guest was accorded a Guard of Honor by the Sri Lanka Navy. The President boarded the, SLNS Vijayabahu Vessel accompanied by Navy Commander Vice Admiral Nishantha Ulugetenne and unveiled the ship’s name board.
Viewing the commissioning ceremony with Sri Lankan dignitaries, Ambassador Chung extended her appreciation to the ship’s officers and sailors for their skillful handling of the ship during the voyage. She also expressed her thanks to the families and loved ones of the sailors for their sacrifice during the crew’s long absence.
The Vessel P 627 began her home-bound journey from the Port of Seattle on the 03rd September 2022 and arrived in Colombo on November 02 after about 10656 nautical miles (19734 km) of sea passage.
P 627, the second ‘Hamilton Class High Endurance Cutter’, received by SL Navy, measures 115m in length and is capable of reaching a maximum speed of 29 knots with 14000 nautical miles of endurance at cruising speed. Further, she has been designed for 187 crew members and is equipped with modern weapons and machinery that suit SL Navy’s operational requirements.
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Source:: Lanka Puvath English