COLOMBO (News 1st) – Sri Lanka Navy's latest warship the P 627 reached Colombo on Tuesday (2).Sri Lanka Navy (SLN) formally took the delivery of the EX-United States Coast Guard Cutter, USCGC Douglas Munro, provided by the United States (U.S.) Coast Guard to SLN, at theU.S. Coast Guard Base Seattle of Washington in the United States on 26th October 2021.Since the acquisition, she was designated as P 627, attached to the SLN fleet.Aiming to strengthen and develop partnerships to overcome common challenges in the maritime domain, U.S.
Coast Guard has previously provided two ships – SLNS ‘Samudura’ (P 621) in 2005 and SLNS ‘Gajabahu’( P 626) in 2018 to SLN and playing a prominent role, keeping the island waters safe and secure. As an extension of partnership ties that bring value to each other’s service, Ex-USCGC Douglas Munro was transferred as the third ship to be handed to SLN.P 627, the second ‘Hamilton Class High Endurance Cutter’, received by the SLN measures 115m in length and is capable of reaching the maximum speed of 29 knots with 14000 nautical miles of endurance at cruising speed.
Further, she has been designed for 187 crew members and is equipped with modern weapons and machinery that suit SLN’s operational requirements. During her stint with the U.S. Coast Guard, the ship has rendered exceptional service by curbing illegal fishing, illegal immigration and the seizure of a large number of narcotics in U.S.