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Naval and Maritime Academy (NMA) Receives ISO 9001:2000

Naval and Maritime Academy (NMA) of the Sri Lanka Navy, located in the scenic harbour in Trincomalee, the panoramic port city in the eastern coast of the island, has now reached the standard of par excellence being awarded the prestigious ISO (International Standards Organization) 9001:2000 quality management system certification from the Sri Lanka Standard Institutions, today- the 07th March 2008. The event takes place in a charming but proud ceremony held at the Academy today.

Commander of the Navy, Vice Admiral Wasantha Karannagoda, sending a felicitation message to the Naval and Maritime Academy, states that "We are extremely proud that the NMA is the first defence institutions in the country to achieve this international recognition". The chairman of the Sri Lanka Standard Institution, Dr. ARL Wijesekara, in his felicitation message, while complimenting the esteemed standard it received, states "This prestigious certification award you have received, will undoubtedly, equip the academy to produce professionals of the highest calibre". The Vice Chancellor of the University of Kelaniya, to which the cadet entry officer training programmes and courses are accredited, Professor MJS Wijerathne, dares to state in his message that they are proud to be associated with an institution of this high calibre and be able to contribute towards the academic and professional development of the officers of the Sri Lanka Navy.

Naval and Maritime Academy, the premiere seat for naval training and learning, first established on 15th January 1967, commissioned on 15th July 1967 with Instructor Commander MGS Perera as its first commandant has created history, unfolding new chapter of the Sri Lanka Navy today, by training almost all the officer cadre irrespective of the entry, the bulk of the sailors advanced training courses and also sometimes recruit training. It has also been awarded the President's Colours on 13th December 2003 by the then Her Excellency the President of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka in recognition of the service it had rendered by training heroic officers and sailors whose tireless dedication and fearless devotion and sacrifice have immensely contributed for the integrity and the defence of the motherland. Naval and Maritime Academy has had 26 officers as its commandants since its very inception, some of whom were elevated to be the Commanders of the Navy, and the present Commander of the Navy too was once the commandant at NMA from 21-12- 1992 to 13-08- 1993. The incumbent commandant is Commodore TJL Sinniah.

Award of ISO 9001:2000 is a historical landmark in the 40 year old journey of the Naval and Maritime Academy as it has reached par excellence-the most impressive one being that it is the first military training installation in the country to receive this quality management certification. "Quality Management" as has been defined "is an organizational strategy and a method of management, which involves all employees and seeks to improve continuously the efficacy of an organization regarding customer satisfaction".

Commodore TJL Sinniah, the Commandant, has been so humble that he sends his "deep appreciation" to Commander of the Navy for the unwavering assistance extended and his "illustrious predecessors", directing staffs, key members of the staffs and all the members of the staffs past and present for the immense and valuable contribution they all made in achieving this standard; and also he hopes that the NMA could afford to maintain it in future as well, under any circumstance and in whatever the contingency it faces.

Yet, the naval Maritime Academy, in its usual mediocre and humble but in unvanquished courageous tone, confesses

"For the naval and Maritime Academy, 'a Quality Management System" is of immense value. Our products serve very hard task master-the sea and dabble in the business of war where there no runners up. Naturally, the stakes are very high and non standard product can spell doom making the difference of life and death. There are no opportunities to recycle wasted products and training loss is a loss for ever. Therefore carefully calibrated process assured by a good 'Quality Management System' at the Naval and Maritime Academy will go a long way in achieving our national objectives."

Courtesy : Sri Lanka Navy

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