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Now, Navy ready to serve VVIP needs

Commander of the Sri Lanka Navy Vice Admiral Thisara Samarasinghe on Thursday (Dec 10) launched a newly built VVIP passenger craft at a ceremony held in the Colombo Harbour. The launch coincided with the 59th Anniversary celebrations of the Navy. The historical occasion was attended by Directors General of the Navy and Commander Western Naval area.

The luxuriously furbished vessel ‘Admiralty Craft’ is custom-built for VVIP excursions at the Inshore Patrol Craft construction site at SLNS Mahasen at Welisara.

It is entirely designed and built by the Navy under the direction of Commander of the Navy with Director General Engineering Rear Admiral MAJ de Costa providing close supervision for its successful completion in a record time of six (06) months.

The craft is 15.58 meters (51 feet) in length and 3.33 meters (11 feet) in breadth. It is powered by two engines of 3500 Horse Power capacity each and comes fully air-conditioned with TV and Home Theatre system. The craft has a maximum speed of 28 knots and travels very comfortably in sea state 03. It can accommodate 14 passengers and has a crew of 11.

Today, naval engineers build its own Inshore Patrol Craft and Ultra Fast Small Attack Craft (better known as Arrow Boats) using their expertise to suit own requirements saving the country millions of rupees in foreign exchange. Navy's elite fighting forces, SBS (Special Boat Squadron) and RABS (Rapid Action Boat Squadron), use "the Arrow Boat" for their combat operations with a devastating effect.

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