|Sri Lankan Navy|
June 10, 2016 - Secretary to the Ministry of Defence Eng. Karunasena Hettiarachchi graced the launching ceremony of the Sri Lanka Navy Ship (SLNS) Sayurala at the Goa Shipyards Ltd in India today (10th Friday, June 2016). According to the naval traditions, Chairperson of the Seva Vanitha Unit of the Ministry of Defence (MoD SVU) Mrs. Wasantha Gunawardena ceremonially launched the SLNS Sayurala. Commander of the Navy Vice Admiral Ravindra Wijegunaratne was also present at the occasion. Advanced Offshore Patrol Vessel (AOPV) SLNS Sayurala will nearly incur 74 million USD when finished. The AOPV also contains a helipad and has a displacement capacity of 2350 tons. The vessel has an endurance of 4500 nautical miles for surveillance operations and can accommodate up to 18 officers and 100 sailors on board. It is 105m in length and 13.6m in width. Joint Secretary Aeronautical and Defence Production Ministry of Defence India, Shri Sanjay Prasad, High Commissioner to Sri Lanka in India, His Excellency Esala Weerakoon and Mrs Weerakoon, Flag Officer Naval Aviation and Flag Officer Commanding Goa Area, Rear Admiral and Mrs. Puneet Kumar Bahl, former Commanders of the Indian Navy, Admiral (Ret’d) Arun Prakash and Admiral (Ret’d) Sureesh Mehta, President and Managing Director of Goa Shipyards Ltd. Rear Admiral and Mrs. Shekhar Mital, dignitaries and special invitees of the Indian government, senior officers of Indian and Sri Lanka Navies also attended the event. Mementos were also exchanged during the ceremony to mark the event.