Former USCGC Sherman to Sri Lankan Navy

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White Beach, Okinawa (May 20, 2006) – The U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Sherman (WHEC 720) leaves the White Beach Naval Facility, Okinawa pier to begin its participation in exercise Southeast Asia Cooperation Against Terrorism (SEACAT) 2006. SEACAT is a weeklong at-sea exercise designed to highlight the value of information sharing and multi-national coordination with participating navies during practical maritime interception training opportunities. USCGS Sherman is homeported in Alameda, Calif. U.S. Navy photo by Senior Chief Journalist Melinda Larson (RELEASED)

Janes is reporting that the former USCGC Sherman was handed over to the Sri Lanka Navy on 27 August in a ceremony in Honolulu.

This is the second cutter Sri Lanka has received. They still operate the former the former USCGC Courageous (WMEC-622) decommissioned 19 Sept. 2001 and inducted in the Sri Lankan Navy as P-621 SLNS Samudura 19 Feb. 2005. (Anyone know why she was decommissioned?)

They also have a couple of new 2,200 ton Indian built OPVs, but the former USCGC Sherman will be the largest vessel in the Sri Lanka Navy.

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