Jan 11, Vasco, Goa: A high level Sri Lankan Defense delegation headed by Secretary of Defense Kapila Waidyaratne has visited the Goa Shipyard Ltd (GSL) at Vasco in South Goa on Thursday to observe the building of an Offshore Patrol Vehicle (OPV), UNI reported.
According to a statement from the GSL, Defense Secretary Waidyaratne was accompanied by Commander of Sri Lanka Army, DG of Sri Lanka Navy, DG Sri Lanka Coast Guard and other senior officials of Sri Lanka Ministry of defense.
During the visit, Defense Secretary held discussions with RAdm Shekhar Mital, NM, IN (Retd), CMD and other senior officers of the company.
The delegation was conducted around the shipyard by CMD GSL and was shown the ongoing shipbuilding activities including Second Offshore Patrol Vessel (OPV) being built for Sri Lanka Navy.
The yard has already delivered the First OPV to Sri Lanka, ahead of contractual delivery schedule.
The vessel was commissioned by Sri Lankan President on August 2, 2017, and has received admiration from Sri Lankan Navy for its excellent operational performance.
The Secretary was impressed with the Shipyard's infrastructure and the excellent quality of workmanship.
Earlier, a presentation was made to the Sri Lankan delegation on the ongoing projects at GSL, current progress of second OPV under construction at GSL as well as future potential of cooperation.
Secretary appreciated GSL for its outstanding execution record and the technological innovations on the ships delivered as well as under construction.
He appreciated design capabilities of shipyard and expressed interest of enhancing interaction with GSL, going forward, the statement said.