Rear Admiral Samantha Wimalathunge has been appointed as new
Director General of Sri Lanka Coast Guard
Admiral Samantha Wimalathunge has been appointed as the new Director
General of the Sri Lanka Coast Guard with effect from 11th July
2015. His Letter of Appointment was handed over to him by the
Commander of the Navy Vice Admiral Ravindra Wijegunaratne at the
Naval Headquarters on 06th August 2015.
Rear Admiral Wimalathunge joined the Sri Lanka
Navy as a cadet officer of the 12th Intake in 1984 and successfully
completed his basic training at the Naval and Maritime Academy,
Trincomalee. Having specialized in navigation, he obtained an MSc (Defence
Studies) in management from the Kotelawala Defence University and an
MA in Strategic Security Studies from the National Defence College,
Washington, USA. He has also followed the International
Counter-terrorism Fellowship Programme, USA. Rear Admiral
Wimalathunge has completed the National Security and War Course at
the National Defence University at Islamabad in Pakistan and
obtained an MSc in National Security and War.
Rear Admiral Wimalathunge has commanded many ships
and craft of the Sri Lanka Navy and held a number of important
appointments in his distinguished naval career both in the Naval
Headquarters and other Naval Commands including that of Deputy Area
Commander of the North Western and the Northern Naval Areas. Prior
to the present appointment, he held the appointment of Director
Logistics Management Cell at the Naval Headquarters.
In recognition of his distinguished service, Rear
Admiral Wimalathunge has been awarded with Rana Wickrama Padakkama,
Uttama Seva Padakkama and many other medals.
He is a past student of Elapitiwela Kanishta
Vidyalaya, Gampaha and Nalanda College, Colombo.
Courtesy : Navy Media Unit