Sri Lankan Navy receives Made-in-India warship in Goa



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by S VENKAT NARAYAN
Our Special Correspondent


NEW DELHI, July 22: India today handed over to the Sri Lankan Navy the first Advance Off-Shore Patrol Vessel (AOPV) specially built for it at the Goa Shipyard Limited at a Handing over/Taking over ceremony in Panaji.


The 105-metre long warship is the largest and state of the art new construction vessel (2,400-ton displacement) being inducted into Sri Lanka Naval fleet .


The Sri Lanka Navy delegation headed by Rear Admiral SS Ranasinghe , Chief of  Staff the Sri Lanka Navy, and three other officers attended the function. Sri Lankan High Commissioner to India Mrs Chitranganee Wagiswara and her husband Duleep attended the ceremony as guests of Goa Shipyard Limited Chairman & Managing Director Rear Admiral (retd) Shekhar Mithal.


The Sri Lankan Navy will commission the AOPV—-its largest warship—-on August 2, three months ahead of schedule. It was built in India under an INR 10-billion contract inked four years ago for two such vessels.


Such patrol vessels carry out several roles including fleet support operations, maritime surveillance, defence of offshore installations and escorting high value ships.


Capable of reaching a top speed of 25 knots, the vessels have been designed to accommodate a helicopter on their flight decks.


The manufacturer, state-owned Goa Shipyard Limited (GSL), delivered the first offshore patrol vessel three months in advance.


"It will be the largest warship to be operated by the Sri Lankan Navy. It is also the largest warship to be exported by an Indian shipyard. The step will deepen naval ties between the two countries," says Rear Admiral Shekhar Mital.


The shipyard has beaten the deadline for delivering the warship because of which the Sri Lankan Navy will induct the vessel almost three months ahead of the scheduled delivery. Sri Lanka will get the second warship in February 2018, again three months ahead of schedule.


 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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