A military ship gifted by China arrived in Sri Lanka today to be part of the Sri Lanka Navy fleet.
This ship built in 1994, is 112m long and 12.4 in width and bears a displacement capacity of 2300 tons.
China’s Ambassador in Sri Lanka Cheng Xueyuan, Commander of the Navy, Vice Admiral Piyal De Silva, Chief of Staff of the Navy, Rear Admiral Nishantha Ulugetenne, Deputy Chief of Staff and Director General Operations, Rear Admiral Niraja Attygalle, Commander Western Naval Area, Rear Admiral Sumith Weerasinghe, Military, Naval and Air Attaché of the Embassy of China in Sri Lanka, Senior Colonel Xu Jianwei and a host of senior officers from the Naval Headquarters and Western Naval Command were present on when the ship arrived in Colombo.
Subsequently, Commander of the Navy, flanked by senior officers, made an inspection visit onboard the ship and supervised the functional and operational aspects of the vessel. The ship is scheduled to receive its auspicious commissioning in the near future.
A crew of 18 officers and 92 sailors are performing duties on the ship. After the ship is included in the Navy fleet, she will be utilized for patrol and surveillance missions in the deep seas around Sri Lanka.
The ship will also be used for search and rescue operations to provide security and assistance to naval and fisheries community.