Made-in-India warship to be largest in SL Navy’s fleet

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By 2017-07-18

The Sri Lanka Navy is on the verge of commissioning its largest warship, which has been built in India under a Rs 1,000-crore contract inked four years ago for two such vessels.

The manufacturer, State-owned Goa Shipyard Limited (GSL), will hand over the first offshore patrol vessel to the Sri Lanka Navy at a ceremony at the yard on 22 July.

The 105-metre-long warship, with a displacement of around 2,400 tonnes, is expected to be commissioned into the Sri Lanka Navy's fleet on 2 August.

"It will be the largest warship to be operated by the Sri Lanka Navy. It is also the largest warship to be exported by an Indian shipyard. The step will strengthen naval ties between the two countries," Rear Admiral Shekhar Mital told HT from Goa.

The shipyard has beaten the deadline for delivering the warship and due to this reason, the Sri Lanka Navy will induct the vessel into its fleet almost three months ahead of the scheduled delivery. The Sri Lanka Navy will receive the second warship in February 2018, again three months ahead of schedule. These vessels will 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 shipyard will also deliver a fast patrol vessel to Mauritius on 9 August, the fourteenth such vessel to be delivered to that country during the last two years.

(Hindustan Times)

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