ADMIRAL SANDAGIRI ACCEPTS TRANSFER OF
FORMER U.S. COAST GUARD VESSEL “COURAGEOUS”
Sri Lankan Navy acquires the First
Ever US Vessel at a ceremony held in Washington
|The “Courageous” at anchor
||Vice Admiral Daya Sandagiri and Admiral Thomas Collins
at the historic transfer ceremony. Ambassador Subasinghe looks
Commander of the Sri Lanka Navy Vice Admiral Daya Sandagiri
accepted the transfer of the former US Coast Guard 210 foot Cutter
“Courageous” at a ceremony held at the US Coast Guard
Headquarters in Washington DC today. The Cutter now designated
P-621 was transferred to the Commander of the Sri Lanka Navy by
Commandant of the Coast Guard Admiral Thomas Collins.
Admiral Collins stated that this was an important step in the
burgeoning relationship between the two countries and he was delighted
that the ship would be in the hands of true professionals. Whilst
wishing the Sri Lankan Navy “fair weather and happy tidings”
he mentioned that the new Captain of the ship has an enviable
task ahead. Admiral Sandagiri, in turn thanked the US for selecting
Sri Lanka for the transfer of this vessel and stated that the
Sri Lankan Navy’s capabilities would be enhanced by this
latest acquisition. Ambassador Devinda R. Subasinghe too thanked
the US for this tangible support to Sri Lanka’s national
security. The friendly relations both countries have enjoyed since
the dawn of independence unabated are based on shared values of
democracy and economic freedoms.
Admiral Sandagiri and the delegation also inspected the “Courageous”
which is berthed in the Coast Guard Yard in Baltimore prior to
the transfer ceremony.
Admiral Sandagiri inspects the vessel with his staff
The Sri Lanka Navy team also comprised of Commodore Tisara Samarasinghe,
Commodore Jayantha Perera, Commander Dhammika Goonetilake and
Captain Sirimevan Ranasinghe. Brigadier Rohan Jayasinghe, the
Defence, Military, Naval and Air Attaché of the Embassy
too participated in this event.
The P-621 will now go through a comprehensive reactivation and
refurbishing process in the US and once completed will set sail
for Sri Lanka in the near future.
Admiral Sandagiri will conclude his visit with a call on Vice
Chief of Naval Operations Admiral Michael G. Mullen and meetings
with Deputy Secretary of State Mr Richard Armitage and Under Secretary,
Arms Control and International Security Mr John Bolton.
Embassy of Sri Lanka
24 June 2004