The official handing over ceremony was held at port of Kochi in India in view of gifting the Indian Coast Guard Ship ‘Varuna’ to the Sri Lanka Coast Guard on 05th September 2017. The vessel was formally handed over by the Director General of Indian Coast Guard, Director General Rajendra Singh to the Director General of Sri Lanka Coast Guard, Rear Admiral Samantha Wimalathunge at a ceremony.
This is the first offshore patrol vessel which has been inducted into the Sri Lanka Coast Guard fleet and will be immensely benefited to the Sri Lanka Coast Guard to carry out sea patrols in Maritime Zones of Sri Lanka. The ship is commanded by Captain Neville Ubayasiri. Ship crew of Sri Lanka Coast Guard had an opportunity to impart familiarization and 'On the Job Training' by ICG Workup team on ship handling, bridge navigation, engine room controls and machinery running and maintenance.
The Chief of Staff of the Sri Lanka Navy, Rear Admiral Sirimevan Ranasinghe,The Additional Director General of the Indian Coast Guard, Mr. K Natarajan, The Chief of Staff of India’s Southern Naval Command Rear Admiral RJ Nadkarni, Senior officers of the ICG and Sri Lankan Ship's crew were presented at the ceremony.