Indian state-owned shipbuilder, Goa Shipyard Limited (GSL) has ceremoniously delivered the second Sri Lanka Advanced Offshore Patrol Vessel (SL AOPV) to the Sri Lanka Navy at Vaddem, Vasco da Gama on March 22, 2018, 25 days ahead of schedule.
This is the fourth Offshore Patrol Vessel (OPV) delivered by GSL in the current financial year.
The vessel will be the largest and most advanced ship in the Sri Lanka Navy fleet. The ceremony was attended by Chitranganee Wagiswara, High Commissioner of Sri Lanka; Rear Admiral N B J Rosayro, Chief of Staff of Sri Lanka Navy; Rear Admiral (Rtd) Shekhar Mital, Chairman and Managing Director of GSL; directors and senior officials of Sri Lankan Navy, Indian Navy, Indian Coast Guard (ICG) and GSL.
The SLOPV Project for building two large size ships is one of the most significant defence cooperation between India and Sri Lanka and one of the largest export contracts, being executed by GSL currently for any friendly country.
The keel of the vessel was laid on May 9, 2015 and was launched on May 2, 2017. It is creditable for the shipyard to complete this significant export project and deliver the vessel 25 Days ahead of contractual schedule. With this, the shipyard has succeeded in reducing build period of 2,500 Tonnes OPV to nearly three years from over five years taken till about three years ago.
SLNS Sayurala (P623), the first AOPV of the series delivered in July 2017 ahead of contractual schedule, is performing exceedingly well and has received positive feedbacks for GSL for the build quality and state-of-the-art machinery.
Speaking on the occasion, Rear Admiral (Rtd) Shekhar Mital said “This state-of–the-art and largest ship in the Sri Lanka Naval fleet will help meet the increasing requirement of the Sri Lanka Navy for undertaking policing and patrolling of its vast Exclusive Economic Zone.” He further added “Great care, attention and forethought have gone in ensuring that this vessel is built to highest standards and the same has been validated in the harbour and sea trials, where ship has achieved all design specifications, to the satisfaction of our special friend Sri Lanka Navy.”
While thanking GSL for delivering two vessels ahead of schedule to Sri Lankan Navy, Mrs Chitranganee Wagiswara said “The delivery of ships to Sri Lanka Navy ahead of schedule shows the excellent shipbuilding talent of GSL staff and its leadership. These deliveries of warships not only immensely enhance the Naval capabilities of Sri Lanka Navy, but also strengthen the close links between Sri Lanka and India.”
Indian Ministry of Defence