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President commissions U.S. Coast Guard Cutter given to Sri Lanka Navy as SLNS Gajabahu

Published Jun 07, 2019
Updated Apr 14, 2020

Sri Lanka President and Commander-In-Chief of the armed forces today commissioned the Coast Guard Cutter P626 acquired by the Sri Lanka Navy from the United States as SLNS Gajabahu.

At a ceremony held Thursday at the Port of Colombo, the Commanding Officer of the ship, Captain Rohitha Abeysinghe received the Commissioning Warrant from the President – the Chief Guest of the event.

Thereafter, the Commanding Officer of the ship read out the Commissioning Warrant pledging his bounden duty in safeguarding the interests of the nation with full of respect and honor.

The Head of the State, flanked by the Commander of the Navy, got onboard ship and unveiled the ship’s crest and name board among the blessings of religious dignitaries, to designate the new Advance Offshore Petrol Vessel as Sri Lanka Navy Ship (SLNS) ‘Gajabahu’.

Further, the President together with distinguished guests also went onto inspect the facilities and instrument fitted onboard this state-of-the-art vessel. Commander of the Navy Vice Admiral Piyal de Silva briefed the President on the advanced technological instruments of the ship.

The 115m long high endurance cutter is equipped with weapons, communications, aviation and other operating systems. The ship will be the largest platform to be held by the Sri Lanka Navy. The ship will be utilized for patrol and surveillance missions in the deep seas around Sri Lanka providing the maritime security and assistance to search and rescue operations.

Former Commander of the Navy, Admiral Sirimevan Ranasinghe officially took over the Ex-US Coast Guard Cutter Sherman into Sri Lanka Navy in a ceremony held at Honolulu, Hawaii, on 27th August 2018. The ship arrived in Sri Lanka’s Colombo Port on at 12th May, 2019.

The Ex-USCGC Sherman is the second US Coast Guard Ship provided to Sri Lanka Navy. The first vessel provided is presently serving as SLNS Samudura in the Sri Lanka Naval fleet.

Religious dignitaries of all faiths including the Venerable Maha Sangha, State Minister of Defense, Ruwan Wijewardene, Secretary to the Ministry of Defense, General (Rtd) Shantha Kottegoda, U.S. Ambassador to Sri Lanka, Ms. Alaina B. Teplitz, Chief of Defense Staff, Admiral Ravindra Wijegunaratne, Commander of the Army, Lieutenant General Mahesh Senanayake, Commander of the Navy, Vice Admiral Piyal De Silva, Commander of the Air Force Air Marshal, Sumangala Dias and a host of distinguished invitees graced the occasion.