Sri Lanka has received the second advanced offshore patrol vessel from India’s shipbuilder Goa Shipyard Limited (GSL), 25 days ahead of schedule.
The largest and most advanced ship in the Sri Lankan Navy was handed over to Chief of Staff of Sri Lanka Navy Rear Admiral Neil Rosayro in a ceremony held at GSL on Thursday.
The Sri Lanka Offshore Patrol Vessel (SLOPV) project for building two large size ships is one of the most significant defense cooperation between India and Sri Lanka and one of the largest export contracts, being executed by GSL currently for any friendly country.
GSL had delivered the first advanced offshore patrol vessel, built at a cost of approximately 66 million dollars in July last year.
Sri Lankan High Commissioner to India, Chitranganee Wagiswara said, the delivery of warships not only immensely enhance the naval capabilities of Sri Lanka Navy, but also strengthen the close links between the two countries.