SLNS Sayura

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SLNS Sayura
UG-LK Photowalk - Colombo Harbour - 2017-03-12 (11).jpg
SLNS Sayura, at Colombo Harbour in March 2017
Name: INS Sarayu
Builder: Hindustan Shipyard Limited
Launched: 16 October 1989
Commissioned: 8 October 1991
Decommissioned: 1 November 2000
Homeport: INS Virbahu, Visakhapatnam
Fate: Sold to Sri Lanka Navy 1 November 2000
Sri Lanka
Name: SLNS Sayura
Acquired: 1 November 2000
Commissioned: 2000
Homeport: SLN Dockyard, Trincomalee
Status: Active
General characteristics
Class and type: Sukanya-class patrol vessel[1]
Displacement: 1,890 tons (full load)[1]
Length: 101 m (331 ft)
Beam: 11.5 m (38 ft)
Propulsion: 2 × diesel engines, 12,800 bhp (9,540 kW), 2 shafts
Speed: 22 knots (41 km/h; 25 mph)
Range: 7,000 nmi (13,000 km; 8,100 mi) at 15 knots (28 km/h; 17 mph)
Complement: 140 (incl 15 officers)
Sensors and
processing systems:
  • 1 × Racal Decca 2459 search radar
  • 1 BEL 1245 navigation radar
Aircraft carried: 1 HAL Chetak

SLNS Sayura (Sayura, in Sinhalese: Sea) is the flagship and an offshore patrol vessel (OPV) of the Sri Lanka Navy.

She was formerly, INS Sarayu, a Sukanya-class patrol vessel of the Indian Navy sold to Sri Lanka in 2000. She was upgraded with new armament in India before being delivered to the Sri Lanka Navy. India also committed to providing maintenance and refit of the ship.[2]


Sayura is tasked with deep sea patrolling both within the Sri Lankan territorial waters and in international waters to curb ongoing arms smuggling by the LTTE.During the 4th Ealam war after undergoing a major refit in India, Sayura, along with other OPVs of the Sri Lankan Navy, has successfully intercepted several ships smuggling arms for the LTTE. In all these cases the ships were sunk when the LTTE Sea Tigers attacked the naval vessels with mortars. Sayura also participated in the Cadex 2009 military training exercises with the Indian Navy after the war ended. [3]

In 2017, it sailed to Langkawi to take part in LIMA 2017 with a detachment of the newly formed Marine battalion.[4]

Commanding Officers[edit]

The first Sri Lankan Navy officer to Captain the ship was then Captain SMAJ Perera USP,psc.

Since then it has been commanded by:

Captain(Later CMDE while commanding) AARA Dias RSP,USP,psc,MSc(DS)

Captain AR Amarasinghe RSP,USP,psc

Captain RC Wijegunaratne WV,RWP,RSP,psn

Captain DMS Dissanayake RWP,psc

Captain(Later CMDE while commanding) KKVPH De Silva WWV,USP

CMDE SWC Mohotty MSc(DS)Mgmt)

CMDE NAN Sarathsena RSP,MSc(DS)Mgmt.


INS Sarayu[edit]

Commissioned 10 April 1991, INS Sarayu (P54) served with the Indian Navy until she was sold to Sri Lanka on 1 November 2000.



  1. ^ a b "Title unknown". Archived from the original on June 19, 2009. 
  2. ^ "Title unknown" (PDF). Archived from the original (pdf) on December 12, 2006. 
  3. ^ "Sri Lanka and India Navy conduct joint naval training exercise". Ministry of Defence and Urban Development - Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka. 6 October 2009. Retrieved 2009-10-16. 
  4. ^ ‘Sayura’ leaves for Malaysia to attend LIMA-2017

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