The Sri Lanka Navy’s largest Advanced Offshore Patrol Vessel (AOPV), SLNS Sayurala (P623) has departed Trincomalee harbour on Nov. 9 for Thailand to attend the ASEAN International Fleet Review 2017.
This also marked the first foreign sea voyage of SLNS Sayurala which recently joined the fleet of the Sri Lanka Navy. The ship’s crew comprised of 127 members including 18 officers.
This International Fleet Review is scheduled to be held in Pattaya, Thailand from 18th to 21st November, to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN).
26 naval ships representing 19 Southeast Asian Nations are expected to take part in the Fleet Review and related naval exercises.
Sayurala 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 capable of conducting 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 with Indian Shipbuilder, Goa Shipyard Limited (GSL), and the production of the first AOPV began on 15th May 2014.
The Keel of the first vessel was laid on 10th Sep 2014 and was ceremonially launched on 10th June 2016. The twin sister of this AOPV, which is currently being built by the same shipbuilder, is also scheduled to join SLN fleet in the next year.
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