SLN takes over US Coast Guard Cutter
[August 28 2018]
The Sri Lanka Navy ceremonially took over the
ex-United States Coast Guard Cutter 'Sherman' at a ceremony held in
Honolulu, Hawaii, USA on Monday (27 August). According to Navy media,
'Sherman' was officially taken over by the Commander of the Navy, Vice
Admiral Sirimevan Ranasinghe during the ceremony, yesterday.
The ship was ceremonially decommissioned by the
Assistant Commandant Acquisition and Chief Acquisition Officer of USCG,
Rear Admiral Haycock before being taken over by the Commander of the SL
This is the second USCG ship provided to SLN by the
US. The 115m long ship is equipped with state of art weapons and
machinery. It will be utilized for patrol and surveillance missions in
deep seas around the island providing the maritime security and
assistance during search and rescue operations.
The Commander of the Navy handed over the command of
the vessel to its designated Commanding Officer, Captain Aruna Tennakoon
during the ceremony. The ship is scheduled to be brought to the country
by early April 2019.
The Sri Lankan Consul in Hawaii Mr. Bede Cooray,
Director Maritime Operations for US Pacific fleet, RAdm Marc. H.
Dalton-, Deputy Chief Officer of International Acquisitions, Mr.Tod
Reinert and Sri Lankan expatriates in Hawaii also attended the handing