Colombo, July 17 (BAN/ AD): As a sign of strengthening military cooperation between China and Sri Lanka, China has gifted a warship to Sri Lanka. Further China’s rolling-stock manufacturer has announced that it would shortly deliver nine “new type” of diesel trains to Sri Lanka.
Frigate ‘P625’ arrived in Colombo last week. It was commissioned into China’s People’s Liberation Army Navy in 1994 as the Tongling. It was decommissioned in 2015. China has now gifted it to the Lankan Navy. The Lankan Navy, which played a key role in fighting the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam, has about 50 combat, support ships and inshore patrol craft with most originating from India, the US, China and Israel.
A coast guard off shore patrol vessel (OPV) was gifted by India to the Lankan navy in addition to providing two OPVs in 2006 and 2008.
Lanka is currently facing maritime challenges with the surrounding sea being used by perpetrators for carrying out unlawful acts including drug trafficking. The vessel will now be used for surveillance by the navy.