The Sri Lanka Navy commissioned its second Advanced Offshore Patrol Vessel (AOPV), SLNS Sindurala (P624) during a 5.30 p.m ceremony at the Eastern Container Terminal of the port of Colombo on April 19, 2018.
Ranil Wickremesinghe, the Prime Minister of Sri Lanka, was the chief Guest of the ceremony. Upon the arrival of the Prime Minister, he was accorded a Guard of Honour in accordance with naval traditions. He handed over the commissioning warrant to the inaugural Commanding Officer of the ship, Captain Samantha Perera. Afterwards, the Prime Minister unveiled the ship’s crest and name board, to designate the new AOPV as Sri Lanka Navy Ship (SLNS) Sindurala.
SLNS Sindurala, built at the India’s Goa Shipyard Ltd (GSL), was laid on May 9, 2015 and was launched on May 2, 2017. She was delivered to the Navy on March 23 and arrived at the Colombo harbour on March 26.
SLNS Sindurala has a displacement of 2,350 tons and, a length and width of 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.
The vessel will be manned by 18 officers and 100 sailors. It has an endurance of 7,000 nm at its cruising speed and is provided with a landing facility and hangar for Advanced Light Helicopter (ALH). Apart from that, a Multi-barrel Rocket Launch (MBRL) system would also be installed onboard in a bid to deliver superior combat performance, in due course.
The ship is expected to conduct maritime patrols, policing, reconnaissance, surveillance, search and rescue (SAR), Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Relief (HADR) and pollution control missions in Sri Lanka’s maritime zones. It can be also be used for external fire-fighting missions.
The contract for two Advanced Offshore Patrol Vessels (AOPVs) was signed on 17th February 2014 and the production of the first AOPV began on 15th May 2014.
The keel of the first vessel, SLNS Sayurala (P623), was laid on 10th Sep 2014 and was ceremonially launched on 10th June 2016. She was delivered to the Navy on July 22, 2017 and was commissioned into the fleet on August 2, 2017.