India-based company Goa Shipyard (GSL) has delivered a second advanced offshore patrol vessel (AOPV) to the Sri Lankan Navy at Vaddem, Vasco da Gama.
The vessel is set to become the largest and most advanced ship to be deployed with the Sri Lankan Navy to date.
The ship’s development forms part of the ongoing Sri Lanka Offshore Patrol Vessel (SLOPV) project, which has been established to facilitate the construction of two large size vessels for use by the country’s navy.
It represents one of the most significant defence cooperation initiatives between India and Sri Lanka.
GSL chairman and managing director retired rear admiral Shekhar Mital said: “This state-of–the-art and largest ship in the Sri Lanka Naval fleet will help meet the increasing requirement of the Sri Lanka Navy for undertaking policing and patrolling of its vast Exclusive Economic Zone.
“Great care, attention and forethought have gone in ensuring that this vessel is built to highest standards and the same has been validated in the harbour and sea trials, where ship has achieved all design specifications, to the satisfaction of our special friend, Sri Lanka Navy.”
GSL carried out the delivery of the 2,500t OPV 25 days ahead of the contractually agreed schedule date.
The company was also successful in reducing the vessel’s build period to approximately three years from the initial five-year period, which was previously required for the construction of vessels of this type until roughly three years ago.
The keel on the second Sri Lankan Navy AOPV was laid on 9 May 2015, while the vessel was subsequently launched on 2 May last year.
In addition, GSL delivered SLNS Sayurala, the first AOPV of the series, to the Sri Lanka Navy ahead of contracted schedule date in July last year.