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Commander of the Navy (Sri Lanka)

The Commander of the Navy is the professional head of the Sri Lanka Navy. The current Commander of the Navy is Vice Admiral Piyal De Silva. It is a position equivalent to that of First Sea Lord of the Royal Navy or Chief of Naval Operations in the United States Navy.

Commander of the Sri Lanka Navy
නාවික හමුදාපති
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Incumbent
Vice Admiral Piyal De Silva

since 1 January 2019
 Sri Lanka Navy
AbbreviationCofN
Member ofNational Security Council
Reports toMinistry of Defence
Chief of the Defence Staff
SeatNaval Headquarters, SLNS Parakrama, Flagstaff street, Colombo 1
AppointerThe President
Term lengthNot fixed
Constituting instrumentNavy Act (Chapter 358)
Formation1 February 1938; 81 years ago (1938-02-01)
as Commander of the Ceylon Naval Volunteer Force
First holderCaptain W. G. Beauchamp
(as Commander CNVF)
DeputyChief of Staff of the Sri Lanka Navy

By convention, serving Navy commanders have a rank of Vice Admiral, and will be promoted to the rank of Admiral on retirement or if appointed as Chief of Defence Staff (CDS).

HistoryEdit

The post of Captain of the Navy was created through the Navy Act of 9 December 1950, which also established the Royal Ceylon Navy.[1]

In 1972, the "Dominion of Ceylon" became the "Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka" and the Royal Ceylon Navy was renamed the Sri Lanka Navy. The title "Captain of the Navy" was changed to "Commander of the Navy" through the Navy (Amendment) Law, No. 33 of 1976[2] in keeping with the terminology adopted by the other two services.

List of Commanders (including Commanders of the Royal Ceylon Navy)Edit

No. Portrait Rank Name Appointment Left Office Decorations
Ceylon Naval Volunteer Force (1938–1950)
1 Captain W. G. Beauchamp 1 February 1938 31 March 1946 VRD, CBE
2 Commander Royce de Mel 1946 1950 OBE
Royal Ceylon Navy (1950–1972)
1 Captain W. E. Banks 2 December 1950 25 November 1951 CBE, DSC
2 Captain J. R. S. Brown 26 November 1951 14 June 1953
3 Commodore P. M. B. Chavasse 15 June 1953 7 November 1955 DSC
4 Rear Admiral Royce de Mel 15 August 1955 15 November 1960 OBE, ADC
5 Rear Admiral Rajan Kadiragamar 16 November 1960 1 July 1970 MVO, ADC
6 Rear Admiral D. V. Hunter 2 July 1970 22 May 1972
Sri Lanka Navy (1972-present)
6 Rear Admiral D. V. Hunter 22 May 1972 31 March 1973
7 Rear Admiral Deshamanya Basil Gunasekara 1 April 1973 31 May 1979
8 Rear Admiral Henry Perera 1 June 1979 31 May 1983 VSV
9 Rear Admiral Asoka de Silva 1 June 1983 31 October 1986 VSV
10 Vice Admiral H. A. Silva 1 November 1986 31 October 1991 VSV
11 Vice Admiral Clancy Fernando  1 November 1991 16 November 1992 VSV
12 Vice Admiral D. A. M. R. Samarasekara 16 November 1992 27 November 1997 VSV, USP
13 Vice Admiral H. C. A. C. Thisera 28 January 1997 31 December 2000 VSV, USP
14 Vice Admiral Daya Sandagiri 1 January 2001 31 August 2005 VSV, USP
15   Vice Admiral Wasantha Karannagoda 1 September 2005 15 July 2009 RSP, VSV, USP
16   Vice Admiral Thisara Samarasinghe 15 July 2009 15 January 2011 RSP, VSV, USP
17 Vice Admiral D. W. A. S. Dissanayake 15 January 2011 27 September 2012 WV, RSP & Bar, VSV, USP
18 Vice Admiral Jayanath Colombage 27 September 2012 30 June 2014 RSP, VSV, USP
19 Vice Admiral Jayantha Perera 1 July 2014 10 July 2015 RWP, VSV, USP
20   Vice Admiral Ravindra Wijegunaratne 11 July 2015 21 August 2017 WV, RWP & Bar, RSP, VSV, USP
21   Vice Admiral Travis Sinniah 22 August 2017 26 October 2017 WWV, RWP, RSP (x3), USP
22   Vice Admiral Sirimevan Ranasinghe 26 October 2017 31 December 2018 WWV, RWP, USP
23   Vice Admiral Piyal De Silva 1 January 2019 Present WWV & Bar, RWP, RSP, VSV, USP, ndc

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Navy Act". Srilankalaw.lk. Blackhall Publishing. Retrieved 24 August 2017.
  2. ^ "Navy (Amendment) Law (No. 33 of 1976) - Sect 3". ComonLII.com. Commonwealth Legal Information Institute. Retrieved 25 August 2017.

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