President commissions Navy's new ship "SLNS Gajabahu"
[June 07 2019]
The largest Advanced Offshore Patrol Vessel (AOPV) of
the Sri Lanka Navy, P 626, acquired form US Government was commissioned
as SLNS 'Gajabahu' by President and Commander-in-Chief of the Armed
Forces, His Excellency Maithripala Sirisena during the Commissioning
Ceremony held at the Colombo harbor, yesterday evening (06 June 2019).
The President was received by Commander of the Navy
Vice Admiral Piyal De Silva upon his arrival at the Colombo Harbour.
Keeping with naval traditions the President was accorded a guard of
honour. Subsequently the President formally handed over the
Commissioning Warrant to the Commanding Officer of the ship, Captain
Rohitha Abeysinghe which was then read by him.
Later, the President boarded the ship and unveiled the
ship's crest and name board amidst the blessings of the religious
dignitaries present at the occasion. The President accompanied by the
State Minister, Secretary of Defence and Commander of the Navy and
together with the other distinguished guests made an inspection visit of
the ship. The Navy Commander briefed the President on the advanced
features, modern facilities and hi-tech operational aspects of the new
This US Coast Guard was officially handed over to the
Sri Lanka Navy, at Honolulu, Hawaii, on 27 August 2018. It is 115m long
and 13m wide and can cruise at a maximum speed of 28 knots. The ship
carries a crew is 22 officers and 111 sailors. SLNS 'Gajabahu', is
equipped with weapons, communications, aviation and other operating
systems. The Navy hopes to utilize this new platform for patrol and
surveillance missions in the deep seas around the island providing
maritime security and assistance to search and rescue operations.
Members of the Maha Sangha, State Minister of Defence
Hon. Ruwan Wijewardene, Presidential Secretary Mr. Udaya R Seneviratne,
Secretary to the Ministry of Defence General (Rtd) Shantha Kottegoda,
U.S. Ambassador to Sri Lanka Ms. Alaina B. Teplitz, Chief of Defence
Staff Admiral Ravindra Wijegunaratne, Commander of the Army Lieutenant
General Mahesh Senanayake, Commander of the Air Force Air Marshal
Sumangala Dias, Senior officers and sailors of Navy were also present at