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President commissions U.S. Coast Guard Cutter given to Sri Lanka Navy as SLNS Gajabahu

Sri Lanka President and Commander-In-Chief of the armed forces today commissioned the Coast Guard Cutter P626 acquired by the Sri Lanka Navy from the United States as SLNS Gajabahu.At a ceremony held Thursday at the Port of Colombo, the Commanding Officer of the ship, Captain Rohitha Abeysinghe received the Commissioning Warrant from the President,the Commanding Officer of the ship read out the Commissioning Warrant pledging his bounden duty in safeguarding the interests of the nation with full of respect and honor.The Head of the State, flanked by the Commander of the Navy, got onboard ship and unveiled the ship's crest and name board among the blessings of religious dignitaries, to designate the new Advance Offshore Petrol Vessel as Sri Lanka Navy Ship (SLNS) 'Gajabahu'.e occasion.

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