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THE FIRST EVER OFFSHORE PATROL VESSEL OF THE SRI LANKA COAST GUARD ARRIVED AT PORT OF COLOMBO

The Offshore Patrol Vessel (OPV) donated by the Indian Coast Guard to the Sri Lanka Coast Guard arrived at the port of Colombo on 16th September 2017. The ship was ceremonially welcomed in accordance with naval traditions upon her arrival.

The ship was officially taken over by the Director General of the Sri Lanka Coast Guard, Rear Admiral Samantha Wimalathunge at the Port of Kochi, India on 05th September 2017. The ship under the Command of Captain Neville Ubayasiri with 112 crew members sailed the vessel from Kochi after receiving some ship familiarization training by the Indian Coast Guard. The vessel will be immensely benefited to the Sri Lanka Coast Guard when handling law enforcement duties at sea specifically the search and rescue operations and pollution prevention duties in maritime zones of the island.

Commander Western Naval Area, Rear Admiral Niraja Attygalle and a host of senior naval officers from the Naval Headquarters, Coast Guard Headquarters and Western Naval Command were present at the occasion to welcome the arrival of the first ever OPV of the Sri Lanka Coast Guard. The vessel is 74.10m in length and is capable of handling helicopter operations too.