Naval Exhibition open to the public
The public can view the Naval and Maritime diamond jubilee exhibition
held by the Sri Lanka Navy at the Light House exhibition venue from
December 4 to December 12, 2010 except on December 7 and 8.
Defence Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa opened the exhibition on
December 5, 2010. He was received by Navy Commander Vice Admiral Thisara
Samarasinghe, upon his arrival at the venue accompanied by Army
Commander Lieutenal General Jagath Jayasooriya, Police Chief Mahinda
Balasooriya, Sri Lanka Coast Guard Rear Admiral (rtd) Ananda Peiris and
National Security Media Centre Director General Lakshman Hulugalle.
The Defence Secretary viewed the live sea demonstration held by the
Special Boat Squadron and the Rapid Action Boat Squadron Boat Squadron
which was followed by the cultural show presented by the Navy band and
As Sri Lanka Navy is a composite complement of personnel from all
faiths, religious ceremonies were held at the outset to invoke blessings
on all the brave Navy personnel who made sacrifices to safeguard the
sovereignty of the country.
A joint Christian commemoration and thanksgiving was held at St
Lucia's Cathedral in Kotahena and a special pooja was held at Sri
Ponnambalawaneshwarar kovil Kotahena while the Islamic ceremony took
place at Fort Jumma Masjide in Chattam Street, Colombo. An all night
pirith ceremony was held at SLNS Gemunu, Welisara on December 4, 2010.
Navy Commander Thisara Samarasinghe and many other high ranking officers
took part in these events.