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Sri Lanka Navy celebrates 66th Anniversary

Sri Lanka Navy celebrates 66th Anniversary

[Dec 07 2016]

Sri 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.

     

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