Sri Lanka Navy celebrates 66th Anniversary
[Dec 07 2016]
Lanka Navy is celebrating its 66th anniversary today (09th December
2016). A series of multi religious blessing ceremonies were conducted
preceding the Navy Day. A special ceremonial proramme was held at the
Navy headquarters in view of the Navy Day graced by the Commander of the
Navy Vice Admiral Ravindra Wijegunaratne, this morning.
A flag blessing ceremony was held at the sacred Jaya
Sri Maha Bodhi in Anuradhapura while the Hindu ceremony was held at the
Sri Ponnambalam Vaneshwarar temple in Kotahena, the Islamic prayer
ceremony was conducted at the Fort Jumma Masjidth and the joint
Christian commemoration and thanksgiving service was held at St. Lucia's
Cathedral in Colombo. Special ceremonies were also held in naval
establishments across the island.
In 1937 the Ceylon Naval Volunteer Force (CNVF) was
established. After World War II the CNVF was absorbed into the Royal
Navy as the Ceylon Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve (CRNVR). After
independence from British rule, a nucleus of 100 Officers and Men
prepared to form the Regular Navy gradually. On 9th December 1950 the
Navy Act was enacted and the Royal Ceylon Navy was formed. With the
introduction of new constitution in 1972, the Royal Ceylon Navy was
renamed as the Sri Lanka Navy.