His Excellency the President commissions P 626 as SLNS Gajabahu at Colombo

June 6, 2019 – The vessel P 626 acquired by the Sri Lanka Navy (SLN) from the US government in a bid to increase the operational capability of the island’s sea arm, was commissioned as SLNS ‘Gajabahu’ on a ceremonial note by the President and Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces, His Excellency Maithripala Sirisena at Colombo harbour today (06th June 2019). Gajabhu is the former USCGC Sherman. Religious dignitaries of all faiths including the Venerable Maha Sangha, State Minister of Defence, Hon. Ruwan Wijewardene, Secretaries to the Ministries including the…

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Ex-USCG Sherman sails into new home territory

May 12, 2019 – Ex-United States Coast Guard Cutter (USCGC) Sherman taken over by the Sri Lanka Navy (SLN) from the US government, arrived at the port of Colombo today (12th May). The vessel acquired by the Sri Lanka Navy from the US government in a bid to increase the operational capability of the island’s sea arm, arrived at the port of Colombo around 10.00 a.m. this morning. Sri Lanka Navy welcomed the newly arrived platform in compliance with naval traditions on the harbor premises. The ship is commanded by…

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Sri Lanka Navy Ceremonially Takes Over USCGC Sherman in Honolulu

August 28, 2018 – The Commander of the Navy Vice Admiral Sirimevan Ranasinghe officially took over the Ex-USCG “Sherman” into Sri Lanka Navy in a ceremony held at Honolulu, Hawaii, United States yesterday (27th August). The name for the new ship has yet to be announced. The USCGC “Sherman” is the second US Coast Guard Ship provided to SLN by the US government after a lapse of time where the initial vessel provided is presently serving as SLNS Samudura in the SL Naval fleet. The USCGC Sherman is a 115m long ship…

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USCGC Sherman Decommissioned

The Coast Guard decommissioned its ninth High Endurance Cutter after nearly 50 years of service as part of recapitalization efforts during a ceremony at Coast Guard Base Honolulu March 29th. The Coast Guard Cutter Sherman is one of the Coast Guard’s four remaining 378-foot High Endurance Cutters still in operation. The fleet of 378-foot High Endurance Cutters is being replaced by the National Security Cutters, which will soon serve as the Coast Guard’s primary long-range asset. Sherman’s operational resume includes action in the Vietnam War, major drug interdictions – including…

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Sherman Returns From Final Patrol; Prepare for Decommissioning

US Coast Guard Cutter Sherman (WHEC 720) returned home Tuesday after a 76-day patrol in the Bering Sea. This homecoming was the last time Sherman will return from deployment as the crew prepares to decommission the ship in March, after nearly 50 years of meritorious service. During the three-month patrol, the crew supported the safe transit of a disabled vessel over 800 miles to Dutch Harbor, enforced fisheries regulations in the Bering Sea and the Gulf of Alaska. They also provided a command and control platform capable of embarking a…

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U.S. Coast Guard offloads 13 tons of cocaine in San Diego

February 17, 2017 – The crew of U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Midgett offloaded more than 13 tons of cocaine at Naval Base San Diego, Thursday. Several U.S. Coast Guard cutters seized the combined total tons of cocaine in the Eastern Pacific Ocean from mid-November 2016 through January 2017. The drugs, interdicted in international waters off the coast of Central and South America by crews of U.S. Coast Guard Cutters Sherman, Tahoma, Midgett, Diligence and Mellon were offloaded Thursday at Naval Base San Diego from the Midgett. The load represents 21 separate interdictions of suspected drug smuggling…

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