United States Ambassador Jeffrey J. Lunstead yesterday assured Navy Chief Vice Admiral Daya Sandagiri that the US Government will give their fullest co-operation to Sri Lanka.
Lunstead gave the assurance when he witnessed the arrival of the vessel `Courageous? in Sri Lanka. Later, he described the ship as goodwill gift to Sri Lanka.
Vice Admiral Daya Sandagiri said that with this addition, the Navy would have the advantage of covering more than 75 percent of the deep sea inspection.
Asked about the non availability of the weapons on the ship, he said that it?s not a major problem because they have the necessary weapons and that could be fixed in no time.
He commended the Sri Lankan Navy crew-85 naval officers- for sailing the ship from December 13, which he described it as one of the longest sea journeys by the naval men.
He also said that the ship is capable of being in the deep sea for 20 days.
Meanwhile, naval sources said that the ship was gifted to Sri Lanka under US Excess Program. He said that though the ship is decommissioned, still it is at its best.
`Generally in the US, they keep on changing their ships with the addition of the latest technologies and we are glad that we only spent rupees 636 million for an outright ship which would cost more than US$ 60 million, the sources added.
The 38-year-old former US vessel kissed, the Colombo Port at 9.30 a.m.