In June Sri Lanka received its second Bay-class patrol boat from Australia. The ex-Hervey Bay, pictured here, has been renamed the Omaya and is the second unit of the class transferred to Sri Lanka. In April its navy received the sister ship ex-Corio Bay from Australia and christened her the Oshadi. Both boats had previously served with Australia’s Customs and Border Protection Marine Unit since first commissioning in early 2000. The 125-foot vessels displace 28 tons and have a top speed of just over 20 knots. With a beam of 24 feet and a draft of around 8 feet, the aluminum-built Bay class consists of eight units, all of which originally entered service between 1999 and 2000. They have a range of 1,000 nautical miles while traveling at 20 knots. They have a crew of eight, plus the ability to transport eight passengers. Each vessel is able to carry two 20-foot inspection boats and can tow craft of up to 150 tons displacement.
By Eric Wertheim