Sri Lanka President and Armed Forces commander-in-chief Maithripala Sirisena has commissioned the new largest advanced offshore patrol vessel (AOPV) known as SLNS Sayurala.

The Sri Lanka Navy’s (SLN) AOPV is expected to carry out patrols, policing, reconnaissance, surveillance, search and rescue, humanitarian assistance and disaster relief (HADR), and pollution control missions in the territorial waters of Sri Lanka once in service.

In addition, the vessel will be capable of conducting external fire-fighting missions.

The 105.7m-long, 13.6m-wide SLNS Sayurala has been constructed by India-based company Goa Shipyard and customised to address the navy's specific requirements.

The SLN vessel features a displacement of 2,350t and can move at a maximum speed of 26k, with a cruising speed of 12k-14k.

SLNS Sayurala has also been equipped with a landing facility and hangar for an advanced light helicopter (ALH). It has travel range of 7,000nm and can accommodate a total of 118 crew members.

"The 105.7m-long, 13.6m-wide SLNS Sayurala has been constructed by India-based company Goa Shipyard and customised to address the navy's specific requirements."

The SLN signed the contract for two AOPVs on 17 February 2014, and officially initiated the construction of SLNS Sayurala in May of the same year.

The keel for the vessel was laid on 10 September 2014 and the ship was launched on 10 June last year.

SLN took delivery of the first of both AOPVs on 22 July this year, and transported the vessel to Sri Lanka on 28 July.

The second AOPV is currently under construction in India and slated to join the SLN fleet by next year.

Image: Sri Lanka Navy’s largest advanced offshore patrol vessel, SLNS Sayurala. Photo: courtesy of Ministry of Defence and Urban Development – Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka.