USA Gifted a 115m Super Naval Vessel “Gajabahu” for SL Navy

ඇමෙරිකාවෙන් ශ්‍රී ලංකාවට ලබාදුන් නෞකාව අධිකාරියට පත් කිරීම ජනාධිපති මෛත්‍රීපාල සිරිසේන මහතාගේ ප්‍රධානත්වයෙන් ඊයේ (06දා) කොළඹ වරාය පරිශ්‍ර‘යේදී සිදු කෙරිණි. එම නෞකාව ගජබාහු ලෙස නම් කර තිබේ.
මෙම අවස්ථාවට ආරක්ෂක රාජ්‍ය අමාත්‍ය රුවන් විජයවර්ධන, නාවික හමුදාපතිවරයා සහ ඇමරිකානු තානාපතිනියද එක්ව සිටියහ.

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A high endurance cutter, a gift from the U.S. Coast Guard, arrived in Colombo on Sunday, May 12 after a 42-day voyage from Hawaii.

The ship was officially transferred to the Sri Lanka Navy in a ceremony held in Honolulu, Hawaii on August 27, 2018. After the ceremony, the vessel underwent refit and upgrades while its new Sri Lankan crew participated in training.

“The cutter represents the United States’ commitment to a sovereign Sri Lanka able to protect its security and prosperity,” said U.S. Ambassador to Sri Lanka Alaina B. Teplitz. “The Indo-Pacific must remain free and open to all nations.”

The cutter is the second U.S. Coast Guard ship to be given to Sri Lanka and, at 115m long, becomes the largest platform currently in the Sri Lanka Navy fleet.

Captain (ND) Rohitha Abeysinghe and the crew of 22 officers and 111 sailors were received by Commander of the Navy Vice Admiral Piyal De Silva, Navy Chief of Staff Rear Admiral Nishantha Ulugetenne, and other senior officers from the Naval Headquarters and Western Naval Command. Senior staff conducted an initial ship inspection after the arrival ceremony. The ship will receive its Sri Lankan name after its commissioning by President Maithripala Sirisena in the near future.

The new vessel will be utilized by the Sri Lanka Navy for patrol and surveillance missions in the deep seas around Sri Lanka, providing maritime security and assistance to search and rescue operations. The United States continues to support Sri Lanka and its allies in their efforts to promote a free and open Indo Pacific.