Three hundred and sixty-six (366) naval recruits belonging to the 218th Regular Intake of the Sri Lanka Navy passed out at SLNS Shiksha in Poonewa on 29th November 2014. The Commander North Central Naval Area, Rear Admiral Dimuthu Gunawardena participated as the Chief Guest and took the salute. The Commandant SLNS Shiksha, Commodore Lalith Dissanayake, senior naval officers, parents and well-wishers were also present on the occasion.
The 218th Regular Intake comprising 354 sailors and 12 women sailors was trained at SLNS Shiksha in Poonewa. Recruit LMP Tharaka was adjudged the Best Recruit while Recruit ND Dilip was selected as the Recruit with the highest aggregate in all subjects. Recruit HGHMSM Hettiarachchi and Women Recruit MPM Silva won the award for the Best Sportsman and the Best Sportswomen respectively. Recruit MGPK Warnasooriya won the award for the Best Marksman. Sayura Division was selected the Best Division.