The first of the two 105-metre offshore patrol vessels (OPV) built for the Sri Lankan Navy was launched in Goa, India by Goa Shipyard Limited, the Times of India reported.
This is the first time in the history Sri Lanka that such a large vessel has been designed for them by a foreign country.
The keel of the first vessel was laid on September 10, 2014 and GLS completed 100% hull construction and launched the vessel within 21 months of keel laying. The vessel is in advanced stages of outfitting and will be ready for delivery by August 2017.
Chief guest, secretary to ministry of defence, government of Sri Lanka, Karunasena Hettiarachchi said, “The project not only shows the shipbuilding capabilities of GSL, but also reflects the very strong diplomatic ties between the two countries and brotherly ties between the two Navies and Coast Guards.”
The vessel ‘Sayural’ was launched at the hands of Hettiarachchi’s wife M A W P Gunawardana. Till now Sri Lanka bought all its large ships second hand from various countries.
Highlighting the excellent execution record of the shipyard, chairman and managing director, Rear admiral (retd) Shekhar Mital said, “With so many deliveries/launchings happening ahead of schedule, seen in the context of GSL’s 1/1.5 OPV capability per year till about two years back, corroborates that GSL has come off age and is able to exploit its shipbuilding capabilities and new infrastructure to a much larger scale, through optimization of resources.” (Colombo Gazette)