President graces Navy Passing Out ceremony
[June 23 2019]
President Maithripala Sirisena graced a Passing
Out ceremony of the Sri Lanka Navy at the prestigious Naval and Maritime
Academy (NMA) in Trincomalee, on Saturday (22 June 2019). The Secretary
to the Ministry of Defence General SHS Kottegoda (Rtd) WWV RWP RSP VSV
USP ndc was also present at the occasion.
The President was received by the Commander of the
Navy, Vice Admiral Piyal De Silva upon his arrival at the Navy's premier
seat of learning at the Eastern port city of Trincomalee. The President
was given a Guard of Honour by Naval personnel.
The colourful Passing Out ceremony held last evening
keeping with long held naval traditions and customs saw 89 Midshipmen
belonging the 32nd (Technical) and 33rd Intakes of the Sir John
Kotelawala Defence University (KDU) and 59th Cadet Entry Intake receive
their Commissions from the chief guest. The newly commissioned officers
include 19 officers from the 32nd KDU Intake (Technical), 44 officers
from the 33rd KDU Intake and 26 officers from the 59th Cadet Entry
The President presented awards to selected
Midshipmen for their exceptional performance during training.
Religious dignitaries, Governor of the Northern
Province, Commander of the Air Force, IG,
Senior tri forces and police officers, senior state officials,
Commandant of the NMA, family members of the passing out OFFICERS and a
large number of naval personnel were also present at the occasion.