New Navy Chief of Staff
THE President has appointed Rear Admiral Sarath Ratnakeerthi, USP,
ndc, psn as the new Chief of Staff of the Sri Lanka Navy. Rear Admiral
Ratnakeerthi joined the Sri Lanka Navy as a Cadet Officer on 1st August
1971 and was commissioned on 1st August 1975.
Rear Admiral Ratnakeerthi has the unique distinction of serving as
the Area Commander of all five Naval Commands of the Sri Lanka Navy, viz,
Eastern Naval Command, North Central Naval Command, Western Naval
Command and Southern Naval Command.
He has served as the Commanding Officer of the Naval Establishments,
SLNS 'Ruhuna', SLNS 'Tissa', SLNS 'Gemunu' and also commanded Naval
Ships, SLNS 'Weeraya', SLNS 'Rakshaka', SLNS 'Jayasagara' and SLNS 'Edithara'.
In addition, he has served as Master of the Motor Tanker, "Maduruoya"
as well as on-board Merchant Vessel 'Lanka Kanthi'.
He is the recipient of the Utthama Seva Padakkama, Republic of Sri
Lanka Armed Services Medal, Sri Lanka Navy 50th Anniversary Medal, Sri
Lanka Armed Services Long Service Medal, President's Inauguration Medal,
50th Independence Anniversary Commemoration Medal, North and East
Operations Medal, Purna Bhumi Padakkama and Riviresa Campaign Service
Medal in recognition of his invaluable services to the country.
Rear Admiral Ratnakeerthi is a product of Nalanda College and Ananda
College. He had excelled in both Football and Cricket whilst in College
apart from being a member of the College Cadet Platoon.