Sri Lanka Navy’s SLNS Sayurala arrives at Pattaya harbour, Thailand

The Sri Lanka Navy’s Patrol Vessel, SLNS Sayurala (P623) has arrived at the Pattaya harbour, Thailand, on Nov. 16, to take part in the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) International Fleet Review 2017.

The vessel had departed Trincomalee harbour in the north-east coast of Sri Lanka on Nov. 9.

Upon her arrival in Pattaya, the Fleet Officer Commanding Naval Fleet, Rear Admiral Kapila Samaraweera, Commanding Officer SLNS Sayurala, Captain Nishantha Amarosa, its Executive Officer, Commander Chaminda Karunasena and Lieutenant JG Kiettiphum Supanpong from Royal Thai Navy held a discussion on the prospects of forthcoming fleet review.

This International Fleet Review is scheduled to be held in Pattaya, Thailand from Nov. 18 to 21, to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations. Twenty six naval ships representing 19 Southeast Asian Nations are expected to take part in the Fleet Review and related naval exercises.

SLNS Sayurala (P623)

SLNS Sayurala Advanced Offshore Patrol Vessel (AOPV) is the largest vessel currently in service with the Sri Lanka Navy.

The ship 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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