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.