OPV provided by the Indian Government arrives at the Colombo harbour
The Offshore Patrol Vessel (OPV) provided by the Indian Government to the Sri Lanka Navy, in a bid to expand its operational capabilities, arrived at the Colombo harbour this morning (16 September 2017). The ship was received by the Navy in accordance with naval traditions upon her arrival.
The ship was officially taken over by the Director General of the Sri Lanka Coast Guard, Rear Admiral Samantha Wimalathunge at the Port of Kochi, India on 05 September 2017. The new platform which is manned by 10 officers and 98 sailors is led by Captain Nevil Ubesiri as its Commanding Officer. The vessel after assigning the pennant number CG 60 will join the Sri Lanka Coast Guard.
Commander Western Naval Area, Rear Admiral Niraja Attygalle, Deputy Director General Coast Guard, Nandana Jayarathne and a host of senior naval officers from the Naval Headquarters and Western Naval Command were present on the occasion.