New Navy Commander
Chief of Staff of the Sri Lanka Navy Rear Admiral D W A S Dissanayake
has been appointed as the Navy Commander with effect from January
15,Navy spokesman Captain Athula Senarath told the Daily News yesterday.
Having joined the Sri Lanka Navy in 1977 as an Officer Cadet, Rear
Admiral Dissanayake made a great contribution towards ending terrorism
which engulfed the country for more than three decades.
The Sri Lanka Navy destroyed the first LTTE boat with 19 terrorists
on board for the first time in 1984 under his command.
He created a record in the Sri Lanka Navy’s history by overseeing the
destruction of more than thirty terrorist boats.
Meanwhile present Navy Commander Vice Admiral Thisara Samarasinghe
has been promoted to the rank of Admiral with effect from yesterday.
Admiral Samarasinghe was accorded a guard of honour at the Naval
Headquarters yesterday morning.
Vice Admiral Samarasinghe having joined the Sri Lanka Navy in 1974 as
an Officer Cadet won the “Sword of Honour” of the fourth Intake at the
Naval and Maritime Academy, Trincomalee. Later he was appointed as the
16th Commander of the Sri Lanka Navy.
He also achieved the Best International Midshipman award at Britannia
Royal Naval College Dartmouth UK in 1976 along with the appointment of
Divisional Sub Lieutenant. Samarasinghe is a Specialist Navigator
graduate from Navigation and Direction school INS Venduruthy, India
securing first place in order of merit.