Thought some of you might find this interesting.
NavalToday.Com reports that the Sri Lankan Offshore Patrol Vessel (OPV) Samudura, formerly the USCGC Courageous donated to Sri Lanka on June 24, 2004, recently took aboard 41 immigrants for repatriation to Sri Lanka after they were intercepted by Australia authorities.
More background on this particular transfer here.
It is not the first time she has done this sort of thing There is this similar report from July 2013: http://navaltoday.com/2013/07/29/navys-opv-brings-stranded-73-australia-bound-sri-lankans-ashore/ and this one from August 2013: http://navaltoday.com/2013/08/15/sri-lanka-navy-rescues-arrests-111-australia-bound-persons/
As you can see the ship has been rearmed. Apparently a Bofors 40mm has replaced the 3″/50 or Mk38 25mm that used to be mounted on the foc’sle. I believe the four heavy machineguns in two twin mounts below the bridge are Soviet designed 14.5mm (0.57 inch).
While I’m not sure the former Courageous was used this way, Offshore Patrol Vessels played an important part in ending the bitter civil war against the LTTE, by sinking three ships that were used by the Tamil Tigers as offshore weapons warehouses. Samudura is one of five OPVs in the Sri Lanka Navy.