Colombo, July 8 (BAN/ AD): On Monday morning the Offshore Petrol Vehicle (OPV) gifted by China last month arrived at the Colombo port. The OPV was welcomed by Lankan navy which was taken over from China on 05th June 2019. The dignitaries present at accession were Ambassador of China in Sri Lanka, Cheng Xueyuan, Commander of the Navy, Vice Admiral Piyal De Silva, Chief of Staff of the Navy, Rear Admiral Nishantha Ulugetenne, and Military Attaché of the Embassy of China, Senior Colonel Xu Jianwei and a host of senior officers from the Naval Headquarters and Western Naval Command.
Inspection of the ship and supervision of functional and operational aspects of the vessel was done by the Commander of the Navy. The OPV built in 1994, is 112m long and 12.4 in width has a displacement capacity of 2,300 tons. A crew of 18 officers and 92 sailors are performing duties attached to the ship.
The vessel will be used for patrol and surveillance missions in and around Sri Lanka. Additionally vessel will be used for search and rescue operations to provide security and assistance to naval and fishing community in case of emergencies.