Field Marshal Sarath Fonseka said yesterday the ranks bestowed on two senior military officers such as the rank of Admiral of the Fleet awarded to former Navy Commander Wasantha Karannagoda was an insult to the security forces.
“Citing an example, he said foreign countries bestowed such a rank on an officer only if he commands a large number of ships, at least nine submarines and one aircraft carrier. The Sri Lanka Navy has three off-shore patrol craft and some other craft. Therefore giving such ranks to these senior officers is an insult to the forces. I am not criticizing the President and the recipient officers but only saying that it is an insult to the forces,” he said at a news conference.
Last week, Admiral Karannagoda and the former Air Chief Marshal Roshan Goonetileke were awarded the highest military ranks by President Maithripala Sirisena with Admiral Karannagoda being promoted to the rank of Admiral of the Fleet and Air Chief Marshal Goonetileke promoted to the rank of Marshal of the Air Force. (Yohan Perera)
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Comments - 10
Jaffna Logic Tuesday, 13 August 2019 06:16 PM
This kind of awarding of the highest ranks for senior officers in an imaginary navy with aircraft carriers,frigates,and submarines only happens in comedy films.
George Harry Tuesday, 13 August 2019 06:50 PM
It is high time to be hanged for WHITE FLAG issue after HE Gotabhaya assumes power.
JeffK Tuesday, 13 August 2019 06:56 PM
Same can be said about the field marshal post. You need at-least an army of 500,000 to give that rank.
Wimal Ellepola Tuesday, 13 August 2019 07:07 PM
Was not the same thing about the appointment of a Field Marshall
Lion Tuesday, 13 August 2019 07:09 PM
Not only that sir both have allegations of doing un lawful things.
Niran W Tuesday, 13 August 2019 08:37 PM
Well we have airports without planes, harbours without ships, stadiums without sports, conference halls without conferences, so why not Admirals without ships and Air Marshals without planes?
We also have politicians with no education or intelligence but with plenty of money
ANTON Tuesday, 13 August 2019 09:58 PM
It is an insult to call you a field marshal
Angoda Bakka Wednesday, 14 August 2019 12:58 AM
A Field Marshall without a One Million strong Army, Admiral of the Fleet without Frigates, War ships, Aircraft Carriers and submarines, Marshall of Air Force without a fleet of hundreds of fighter planes and bombers, ..., and a Gamarala President as the Commander-in-Chief of that armed forces, only in a Banana Republic it is possible.
Ram Wednesday, 14 August 2019 02:42 AM
If SF is an Officer
xlntgson Wednesday, 14 August 2019 09:31 AM
Who fought a war with Tamils and got their votes?
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