Navy to acquire ten new vessels by 2025

by Dasun Edirisinghe

Two brand new offshore petrol vessels (OPV) would be added to Sri Lanka Navy fleet next year strengthening post -war maritime activities, Navy Commander Vice Admiral Ravindra Wijegunaratne said yesterday.

Addressing the media at the Defence Ministry Auditorium, Wijegunaratne said that 80% of the construction of the new vessels had been completed at the Goa Shipyard in India.

"We expect to take delivery of one of them in February 2017," Vice Admiral Wijegunaratne said, adding that they would receive the other one at the end of next year.

Vice Admiral Wijegunaratne said the Sri Lanka Navy had only three ships––Sayura, Samudura and Sagara–– as more attention had been paid to small and fast attack craft in view of terrorism in the past.

He said the Navy would expand its fleet with 10 more band new vessels including the two currently being built in Goa under an upgrading programme named ‘Sri Lanka Navy 2020–25.’

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