The Sri Lanka Navy took over the US Coast Guard Cutter (USCGC) ‘Sherman’ which arrived in the country yesterday (Sunday).
The vessel was acquired by the Sri Lanka Navy from the US Government in a bid to increase the operational capability of the island’s sea arm.
The Sri Lanka Navy welcomed the newly arrived platform in compliance with naval traditions on the harbour premises.
The ship is commanded by Captain (ND) Rohitha Abeysinghe and its crew is comprised of 22 officers and 111 sailors.
This occasion was also attended by Commander of the Navy, Vice Admiral Piyal De Silva, Navy Chief of Staff, Rear Admiral Nishantha Ulugetenne and Director General Operations, Rear Admiral Niraja Attygalle and a host of senior officers from the Naval Headquarters and Western Naval Command.
Ex-USCGC ‘Sherman’ is a 115m long ship equipped with state of the art weapons and machinery.