May 12, Colombo: The United States Coast Guard Cutter Sherman Ex-United States Coast Guard Cutter (USCGC) Sherman taken over by the Sri Lanka Navy (SLN) from the US government, arrived at the port of Colombo Sunday (12th May).
The vessel acquired by the Sri Lanka Navy from the US government in a bid to increase the operational capability of the island's sea arm, arrived at the port of Colombo around 10.00 a.m. Sunday. Sri Lanka Navy welcomed the newly arrived platform in compliance with naval traditions on the harbor premises.
The ship comprising a crew of 22 officers and 111 sailors is commanded by Captain (ND) Rohitha Abeysinghe.
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 were present to welcome the ship.
Subsequently, Commander of the Navy, flanked by rest of the officers, made an inspection visit onboard the ship and supervised the functional and operational aspects of the vessel. Meanwhile, the ship is scheduled to receive its auspicious commissioning from the President and Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces, Maithripala Sirisena in the near future.
Former Commander of the Navy, Admiral Sirimevan Ranasinghe officially took over the Ex-USCG Sherman into Sri Lanka Navy in a ceremony held at Honolulu, Hawaii, on 27th August 2018.
Ex-USCGC Sherman is a 115m long ship equipped with state of the art weapons and machinery. Once the ship joined the Sri Lanka Navy fleet, she will take the place as the largest platform to be held by the Navy. The high-endurance cutter will be utilized for patrol and surveillance missions in the deep seas around Sri Lanka providing the maritime security and assistance to search and rescue operations.
The USCGC Sherman is the second US Coast Guard Ship provided to Sri Lanka Navy. The initial vessel provided is presently serving as SLNS Samudura in the Sri Lanka Naval fleet.