Update to the news release on ‘Navy in search and rescue operation to locate fishermen on sunken Indian poaching vessel in Sri Lankan waters’ on 19th January 2021.

Navy diving teams engaged in Search and Rescue (SAR) operation, this afternoon (20th January 2020), recovered 02 corpses of fishermen of Indian fishing trawler which sank northwest of Delft Island.

20 Jan 2021

French Ambassador meets Commander Southern Naval Area

His Excellency Eric Lavertu, Ambassador of France to Sri Lanka met with Commander Southern Naval Area, Rear Admiral Priyantha Perera at the Southern Naval Command Headquarters on 19th January 2021.

20 Jan 2021

Navy in search and rescue operation to locate fishermen on sunken Indian poaching vessel in Sri Lankan waters

Sri Lanka Navy launched a Search and Rescue (SAR) operation last night in search of a sunken Indian fishing boat and its fishermen, in Sri Lankan waters about 8 nautical miles (15 km) within the IMBL northwest of Delft Island, following a resisting arrest incident took place in the dark hours on 18th January 2021.

19 Jan 2021

Captain Nissanka Wickramasinghe assumes duties as Commanding Officer SBS

Captain Nissanka Wickramasinghe assumed duties as the new Commanding Officer of Special Boat Squadron (SBS) at its Headquarters on 15th January 2021.

19 Jan 2021

Navy rescues a dinghy stranded at sea

Sri Lanka Navy, with the mediation of its Maritime Rescue Coordination Centre (MRCC Colombo), sprang into action to rescue a dinghy with 02 fishermen swept away to the Indian waters, on 15th January 2021. The dinghy that departed Silawathura for fishing practices had faced this distress due to a failure in its outboard motor (OBM).

16 Jan 2021

Rear Admiral Sumith Weerasinghe takes over duties as Chief of Staff of the Navy

Rear Admiral Sumith Weerasinghe was appointed as the Chief of Staff of Sri Lanka Navy with effect from 15th January 2021, by the President and Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces, His Excellency Gotabaya Rajapaksa.

16 Jan 2021

Rear Admiral Meril Sudarshana assumes duties as Commander Western Naval Area

Rear Admiral Meril Sudarshana assumed duties as Commander Western Naval Area at the Command Headquarters today (15th January 2021).

15 Jan 2021

Commander of the Navy hands over letters of appointment to 34 Direct Entry officers and lady officers

A ceremony to hand over letters of appointment to newly enlisted 34 Direct Entry officers and lady officers was held under the auspices of Commander of the Navy, Vice Admiral Nishantha Ulugetenne at the Admiral Somathilake Dissanayake Auditorium, Navy Headquarters today (15th January 2021).

15 Jan 2021

Rear Admiral Sumith Weerasinghe appointed as Chief of Staff of the Navy

His Excellency Gotabaya Rajapaksa the President and Commander-in- Chief of Armed Forces of Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka appointed Rear Admiral Sumith Weerasinghe as the Chief of Staff of the Sri Lanka Navy, with effect from 15th January 2021. Accordingly, Commander of the Navy, Vice Admiral Nishantha Ulugetenne, officially handed over the letter of appointment to Rear Admiral Weerasinghe today (15th January) and expressed his best wishes to carry out entrusted duties in the new appointment.

15 Jan 2021

Rear Admiral Kapila Samaraweera honoured in farewell salute

The Chief of Staff of Sri Lanka Navy, Rear Admiral Kapila Samaraweera today (15th January 2021) relinquished naval duties to which he was committed over the past 36 years.

15 Jan 2021

Navy brought ashore a distressed fishing trawler

Sri Lanka Navy, in cooperation with Indian High Commission in Colombo, brought ashore a fishing trawler drifted to the Indian waters along with 02 fishermen aboard, on 13th January 2021. The trawler which left for fishing from Gurunagar, Jaffna had carried away towards Indian seas, having gone into an engine failure.

14 Jan 2021

Bangladesh Defence Advisor pays courtesy call on Commander of the Navy

The Defence Advisor at Bangladesh High Commission in Sri Lanka, Commodore Md Shafiul Bari paid a courtesy call on Commander of the Navy, Vice Admiral Nishantha Ulugetenne at the Navy Headquarters, today (13th January 2021).

13 Jan 2021

Navy apprehends 09 Indian nationals along with a trawler for poaching in Sri Lankan waters

A naval operation conducted in northern waters on 09th January 2021 resulted in the apprehension of 09 Indian nationals and seizure of an Indian fishing trawler, for poaching in Sri Lankan waters.

11 Jan 2021

Commander of the Navy embarks on visit to Southeastern Naval Command

Embarking on a visit to Southeastern Naval Command, Commander of the Navy, Vice Admiral Nishantha Ulugetenne called at several naval establishments and deployments of the Command on 09th and 10th January 2021. The visit which happened to be his first official stopover at the Southeastern Naval Command, upon assuming office as Commander of the Navy, was also joined by the President of Navy Seva Vanitha Unit, Mrs. Chandima Ulugetenne.

11 Jan 2021

Over 8700kg of smuggled dried turmeric seized in northwestern seas

A special operation carried out by the Navy in dark hours on 08th January 2021 in the northwestern seas of the island resulted in the seizure of about 8769kg of dried turmeric, attempted to be smuggled into the island and apprehension of 12 Indian nationals. Meanwhile, the seized consignment of turmeric along with Indian nationals was brought ashore on 09th January for onward investigations.

10 Jan 2021

Navy apprehends 02 suspects with over 124kg of Kerala cannabis in northern waters

A special operation conducted by the Navy in northern waters resulted in the seizure of over 124kg of Kerala cannabis and apprehension of 02 suspects, on 06th January 2021.

08 Jan 2021

Commander of the Navy marks 36 years of service amid spiritual settings

Several religious programmes organized in marking the 36 years of illustrious naval career of Commander of the Navy, Vice Admiral Nishantha Ulugetenne, were held at Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic in Kandy and Gangaramaya Temple in Hunupitiya, Colombo on 06th and 07th January 2020.

07 Jan 2021

Navy-constructed ‘Latha Mandapaya’ and ‘Lotus Pond’ at University of Peradeniya declared open

Commander of the Navy, Vice Admiral Nishantha Ulugetenne on 06th January 2021 ceremonially declared open a pillared structure (Latha Mandapaya) and Lotus Pond (Nelumpokuna) constructed with the contribution of Sri Lanka Navy, at the Faculty of Medicine, University of Peradeniya.

07 Jan 2021

‘Men in Whites’ provide special apparel for differently abled Navy war veterans

An organization named ‘Men in Whites’, comprising ex-Navy officers provided t-shirts, made of yarn produced by recycled plastic, to differently abled Navy war veterans, during a simple ceremony held at the Navy Headquarters on 31st December 2020. Accordingly, the special apparel was symbolically handed over to Commander of the Navy, Vice Admiral Nishantha Ulugetenne by Commander (Retd) Hiran Zoyza and and Lieutenant (Retd), representing ‘Men in Whites.

06 Jan 2021

A consignment of smuggled dried turmeric and cardamom seized in northwestern seas

A special operation carried out by the Navy in northwestern seas on 05th January 2021, led to the seizure of 1680kg of dried turmeric and 150kg of cardamom attempted to be smuggled into the island and apprehension of 04 Indian nationals along with an Indian dhow.

06 Jan 2021

Another Reverse Osmosis plant vested with the public in Ambalantota

Yet another Reverse Osmosis (RO) plant, built as a social responsibility initiative of the Sri Lanka Navy, vested with the public at Siyambalakote in Ambalantota on 03rd January 2021. The opening of this facility was presided over by Minister of Irrigation and State Minister of Internal Security, Home Affairs and Disaster Management, Hon. Chamal Rajapaksa.

04 Jan 2021

Naval operation in western seas apprehends 04 suspects with drugs worth over Rs. 600 million

A special operation carried out by the Navy in the seas off Negombo today (04th January 2021) led to the apprehension of 04 suspects with over 100kg of Crystal Methamphetamine (ICE) and about 80kg of Hashish and seizure of a multiday fishing trawler used to transfer the narcotic substances.

04 Jan 2021

Navy takes over hoisting of National Flag at Galle Face and Ceremonial Guard at President’s House

Sri Lanka Navy took over the customary duty of hoisting of National Flag at the Galle Face and Ceremonial Guard at the President’s House, Colombo from Sri Lanka Army on 31st December 2020 and today (01st January 2021).

01 Jan 2021

Navy pledges its commitment to nation building

Beginning the proceedings on the first working day in the New Year-2021, the ceremony to take the oath of allegiance to public service was held under the auspices of Commander of the Navy, Vice Admiral Nishantha Ulugetenne at the Navy Headquarters this morning (01st January 2021).

01 Jan 2021

New Year message of Commander of the Navy

With the dawn of the New Year – 2021, as the Commander of the Navy, I am very pleased to wish all naval personnel and civil staff employees a Happy New Year that would enable you to realize all your good thoughts, aspirations and determination.

01 Jan 2021

Navy nabs 04 suspects with drugs in southern seas

A special operation carried out by the Navy in the sea area off Dodanduwa, Galle on 31st December 2020, led to the apprehension of 04 suspects with 5kg and 945g of crystal methamphetamine (ICE), 2kg and 47g of heroin and 03g of Kerala cannabis and seizure of a multiday fishing trawler used to transfer the narcotic substances.

01 Jan 2021

Navy bids farewell to Rear Admiral D Wijetunga

Rear Admiral D Wijetunga today (31st December 2020) retired from naval service, upon completion of his distinguished career spanning over 34 years in the Sri Lanka Navy.

31 Dec 2020

Commander of the Navy visits North Central Naval Command

Making a visit to the North Central Naval Command, Commander of the Navy, Vice Admiral Nishantha Ulugetenne looked into the Command’s operational readiness, its administrative function and welfare facilities, on 26th and 27th December 2020.

28 Dec 2020

Navy-built 800th RO plant declared open at Ruwanwelisaya

As yet another extension of Navy’s Social Responsibility initiatives, Commander of the Navy, Vice Admiral Nishantha Ulugetenne today (26th December 2020) declared open the 800th Reverse Osmosis (RO) plant, set up utilizing the manpower and technology enabled by the Navy and capital made available by Naval Social Responsibility Fund, at Ruwanwelisaya, in Anuradhapura.

26 Dec 2020

Chaithya enshrining ashes of late Most Ven. Gnanadeepa Thero of Denmark vested with devotees for veneration

Commander of the Navy, Vice Admiral Nishantha Ulugetenne today (26th December 2020) attended a spiritual ceremony in which he vested a Chaithya built at Ethdalagala Aranya Senasana in Meegalewa, Anuradhapura enshrining ashes of late Most Ven. Gnanadeepa Thero of Denmark, for the veneration of Buddhist devotees. The construction work of this Chaithya was carried out with manpower and funds made available by Sri Lanka Navy.

26 Dec 2020