The Sri Lanka Navy’s first Advanced Offshore Patrol Vessel (AOPV), built at Goa Shipyard Ltd (GSL) is to receive its graceful commissioning from President Maithripala Sirisena at the Colombo Port on 2nd August.
This AOPV will be the first ever brand new platform, purchased from a foreign ship builder, tailored for the specific requirements of the Sri Lanka Navy. Further, it holds the record for the largest vessel built by an Indian shipbuilder for a foreign navy to date. The brand new state of the art AOPV arrived in the country on 28th July and it was warmly welcomed by the Navy in compliance with naval traditions. Meanwhile, the ship made history as the very first brand new AOPV acquired by Sri Lanka Navy in its 67 years of journey.
The new AOPV is intended to conduct patrols, policing, reconnaissance, surveillance, search and rescue, Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Relief (HADR) and pollution control missions in Sri Lanka's maritime zones. Moreover, it can also be used for external fire-fighting missions.
Built to the standards of Indian Register of Shipping (IRS) and the American Bureau of Shipping (ABS), the intended Flagship of the SLN features key characteristics. The length and the width of the ship are measured to be 105.7m and 13.6m respectively. The new platform which has a draught (hull) of 5m is capable of achieving the maximum speed of 26 knots and cruising speed of 12-14 knots. Moreover, it has a displacement of 2,350 tons.
The ship is commanded by Captain (N) Nishantha Amarosa and will be manned by 18 officers and 100 sailors. Further, the AOPV could bear the endurance of 7,000 nm at the cruising speed of 12 to 14 knots and is provided with a landing facility and hangar for Advanced Light Helicopter (ALH).