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Admiral Ravindra Wijegunaratne, as the newly appointed Chief of Defence Staff

Admiral Ravindra Wijegunaratne assumes office as Chief of Defence Staff

[August 22 2017]

Former Navy Commander, Admiral Ravindra Wijegunaratne officially assumed duties as the new Chief of Defence Staff today (22nd August 2017). The new CDS was accorded a guard of honour during a ceremony held at the BMICH. He assumed duties amidst the blessings of the Maha Sangha.

The President of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka and Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces, His Excellency Maithripala Sirisena promoted the former Commander of the Sri Lanka Navy, Vice Admiral Ravindra Wijegunaratne to the 4-star rank of Admiral and appointed him as the Chief of Defence Staff.

Admiral Ravindra Wijegunaratne took over duties as the 20th Commander of the Sri Lanka Navy on 11th July 2015 before assuming office as the seventh Chief of Defence Staff. He joined the Sri Lanka Navy as an officer cadet in 1980. Admiral Wijegunaratne is instrumental in forming the Sri Lanka Navy's elite Special Force element known as the Special Boat Squadron (SBS) which contributed immensely during the conflict period. Admiral Wijegunaratne is a highly decorated officer with four gallantry medals for his acts of bravery and valor. He is a recipient of 'Weerodhara Vibushanaya', the highest gallantry medal in Sri Lanka for non-military nature, 'Rana Wickrama Medal' awarded twice for individual gallantry in the face of the enemy and 'Rana Sura Medal' for collective gallantry in the face of the enemy. He was also awarded the 'Vishista Seva Vibhushanaya' (VSV) and the 'Uththama Seva Padakkama' (USP) for his unblemished and exemplary naval career.


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