TEL AVIV (Sep. 7)
The Mivtach, one of the two frigates sold by Israel to Ceylon, is now officially in the hands of the Ceylonese Navy, it was reported here today. In a ceremony in the Bay of Aden, the Israel flag was lowered, and the Ceylonese standard was raised aboard the Mivtach, as the transfer of the fighting ship was completed.
The Mivtach and its sister ship, the Miznak, were sold to the Ceylonese Navy, but remained in the Gulf of Akaba harbor at Eilat while the Ceylonese hesitated about sending a crew to Eilat to take over the ships, because the United Arab Republic frowned on the deal. Now that the ship has been transferred, some of the Israeli sailors are staying aboard the Mivtach to help train the Ceylonese crew handle the vessel.