Written by Zulfick Farzan
05 Jan, 2022 | 12:02 am
COLOMBO (News 1st); Sri Lanka Navy formally handed over ex SLNS ‘Jayasagara’ (P 601) to Sri Lanka Coast Guard in a ceremony held at the Southern Naval Command on 03rd January 2022.
Attached to the Sri Lanka Navy (SLN) fleet, ‘Jayasagara’ rendered an invaluable service, by ensuring the maritime security of the island nation for nearly (04) four decades, as a maritime surveillance vessel.
The ceremonial decommissioning of her took place on 30th September 2021, in keeping with naval traditions. After completion of routine underwater maintenance and repair work at the Southern Naval Command, the ship was officially handed over to the Director General Sri Lanka Coast Guard, Rear Admiral Anura Ekanayake by Commander Southern Naval Area, Rear Admiral Prasanna Hewage.
Identified by pennant number CG 61 in Sri Lanka Coast Guard, the ship will continue to render her service for the nation in following years.
The vessel was built by the Colombo Dockyard Ltd in 1983 and she was commissioned in the Sri Lanka Navy on 09th December 1983 as SLNS Jayasagara.
The vessel, with a displacement of 313 tons, is 39.8m in length and 7.0m in breadth. Manned by a crew of 10 officers and 60 sailors, the vessel can cover 3,200 nautical miles maintaining a cruising speed of 7 knots.
The vessel served in the Sri Lanka Navy for nearly four decades and made a significant contribution during the Humanitarian Operation and countering illegal activities in Sri Lankan Waters.
Handing over the certificate of the ship was exchanged between the Sri Lanka Coast Guard and Sri Lanka Navy. During the ceremony, The Director General SLCG signed the receiving documents of the ship and the Commander of the Navy authenticated the transfer of the ship, and the CSNA handed over documents representing the Commander of the Navy.
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