CDS to retire tomorrow

30 December 2019 12:15 pm - 2     - {{hitsCtrl.values.hits}}

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Admiral Ravindra C. Wijegunaratne is to retire from the post of Chief of Defence Staff tomorrow (December 31).

The Admiral was appointed as the CDS on August 22, 2017, and was due to retire on August 22, 2019, on completion of his first two-year tenure. However, the term was extended till December 31 by former President Maithripala Sirisena.

He was the Commander of the Navy from July 11, 2015, to August 22, 2017, prior to being appointed as CDS.

The CDS carries four medals for gallantry including the Weerodhara Vibushanaya (WV). He is the founder of the Special Boats Squadron (SBS) of the Sri Lanka Navy and the Naval Commando Unit.   

Admiral Wijegunaratne becomes the longest-serving military officer in the country, serving more than 39 years.

He joined SLN at the age of 18 years as an officer cadet of the 9th Intake and trained in the Naval and Maritime Academy in Trincomalee.

 

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  • Nimo Monday, 30 December 2019 06:18 PM

    One of the great warriors produced by our Motherland. A true office, gentleman and an world renowned Admiral who changed how wars are fought at sea in the new theater of operation. God bless you Admiral

    Vimal Tuesday, 31 December 2019 10:26 AM

    Nimo, it was the Army led by Sarath Fonseka that won the war for us. Navy just like the Air Force just played the supporting role. In rough percentage of contributions for the war is , the Army 70%, Navy 20%, and Air Force 10%.


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