Aug 22, Colombo: Sri Lanka President and Commander-In-Chief of the armed forces Maithripala Sirisena Thursday commissioned the Offshore Patrol Vessel P626 gifted to the Sri Lanka Navy from China as SLNS Parakramabahu.
The OPV gifted by China for the expansion of the Sri Lanka Navy's operations was commissioned ceremoniously by the President at the Eastern Container Terminal of the Colombo Port this evening amid religious blessings.
The Commanding Officer of the ship, Captain Nalindra Jayasinghe received the Commissioning Warrant from the President - the Chief Guest of the event.
After the Commanding Officer of the ship read out the Commissioning Warrant pledging his bounden duty in safeguarding the interests of the nation with full of respect and honor, the President got onboard the ship and unveiled the ship's crest and name board designating the new OPV as Sri Lanka Navy Ship (SLNS) Parakramabahu.
The President also inspected the vessel and received a briefing from the Navy Commander on the preparation of the ship's operations program and implementation.
Built in 1994, the ship is 112 meters long and 12.4 meters wide, with a capacity of 2300 tons. The ship is staffed by 110 personnel, including 18 officers. After joining the Sri Lanka Navy's fleet, it will be used for search and rescue operations, protection of marine resources and relief for naval ships and vessels in the deep sea region of Sri Lanka.
Secretary to the President, Udaya R. Seneviratne Chief of Defense Staff Admiral Ravi Wijegunaratne, Commander of the Navy, Vice Admiral Piyal de Silva, Commander of the Army, Lt. General Shavendra Silva, Commander of the Air Force Air Marshal Sumangala Dias, Ambassador of China to Sri Lanka Cheng Xueyuan and other invitees were present.