India’s Goa Shipyard delivers second AOPV to Sri Lankan Navy

India-based company Goa Shipyard (GSL) has delivered a second advanced offshore patrol vessel (AOPV) to the Sri Lankan Navy at Vaddem, Vasco da Gama.

Set to become the largest and most advanced ship to be deployed with the Sri Lankan Navy, the 105-metre by 13.6-metre AOPV is part of the ongoing Sri Lanka Offshore Patrol Vessel (SLOPV) project.

Displacing 2,457 tonnes, the vessels accommodate 14 officers and 98 sailors.

Powered by two 9,000kW diesel engines, the AOPVs have an operating speed of 25 knots and an endurance of 6,000 nautical miles.

They will be used for patrolling and policing, search and rescue, and pollution control.

GSL delivered the 2,500-tonne OPV 25 days ahead of the contractually agreed date.

The shipyard delivered SLNS Sayurala, the first AOPV of the series, to the Sri Lanka Navy in July.

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