Commander of the Sri Lanka Navy, Vice Admiral Jayantha Perera was felicitated by his alma mater, Thurstan College, Colombo. The felicitation ceremony was held at the College Auditorium on 31st July 2014.
On arrival, the Commander of the Navy was warmly received by the Principal and the Staff. Thereafter he was ushered into the felicitation venue by the school band. The school cadet platoon accorded him a Guard of Honour.
A large number of dignitaries including old boys holding senior ranks in the tri-forces and senior Government appointments, Principal Mr. A.D.M.D. Bandara, Staff, students both past and present, and well-wishers were present to pay their tribute to Vice Admiral Jayantha Perera for being a distinguished past pupil who has made his alma mater proud through his exceptional achievements and noble service rendered to the motherland.
A prominent old boy of the college, Commander (retd) S.U. Lankaprasad and Secretary of the OBA, Mr. Priya Paranavithana addressing the distinguished gathering, hailed the achievements of the Navy Commander. They said that they are very proud of Vice Admiral Perera for being a Thurstanite of great achievements and decorated officer with an unblemished naval career. They stated that his leadership skills and sportsmanship won the respect and the admiration of the school-mates and his exemplary conduct with a high sense of loyalty to his school was appreciated by all the teachers.
Commander of the Navy, expressing his gratitude for the colourful felicitation ceremony organized on his behalf, reminisced the memorable moments spent at his beloved alma mater which laid the foundation for him to take up greater responsibilities later in life and assume command of the country’s first line of defence, the Sri Lanka Navy. Thurstan had taught him to give his very best for the tasks entrusted with utmost confidence and unwavering commitment. He recalled the guidance received from his beloved teachers and the generous support given by his erstwhile school friends who stood by him at all times. He requested the students to emulate his achievements and serve the country with commitment.