Sri Lanka Navy takes over USCGC Sherman
- September 1, 2018
The Sri Lanka Navy received USCGC Sherman in a ceremony held at Honolulu, Hawaii, on August 27.
The USCGC Sherman is the second US Coast Guard Ship provided to Sri Lanka Navy. The initial vessel provided is presently serving as SLNS Samudura in the Sri Lanka Naval fleet.
“The cutter, a gift from the people of the United States, will be the largest ship in the Sri Lankan fleet and strengthens defense cooperation between the United States and Sri Lanka,” The US Embassy said in a statement Wednesday.
“The ship will increase Sri Lanka’s ability to patrol its Exclusive Economic Zone, providing additional security for ships from all nations that transit the busy sea lanes of the Indian Ocean,” it said.
The USCGC Sherman is a 115m long ship equipped with state of art weapons and machinery. Once the ship is joined the SLN fleet, she will take the place as the largest platform to be held by the SLN. She will be utilized to patrol and surveillance missions in the deep seas around Sri Lanka providing the maritime security and assistance to search and rescue operations. She holds the record of confiscating the largest amount of Cocaine (17 tons) while she was serving in the USCG.
The designated Sri Lankan Navy crew of the ship is scheduled to undergo training on the ship an estimated 40 days of sailing across the Pacific and Indian Ocean before they take her home by early April 2019.