Three hundred and fifty-eight (358) naval recruits belonging to the 217th Regular Intake of the Sri Lanka Navy passed out at SLNS Shiksha in Poonewa on 20th September 2014. Commander of North Western Naval Area, Rear Admiral Piyal De Silva participated as the Chief Guest and took the salute. Deputy Area Commander of the North Central Naval Command, Commodore Muditha Gamage, Commandant of SLNS Shiksha, Commodore Lalith Dissanayake, the senior naval officers, parents and well-wishers were also present on the occasion.
The 217th Regular Intake comprising 332 sailors and 26 women sailors was trained at SLNS Shiksha in Poonewa. Recruit RPGP Rajapaksha and woman Recruit MRNM Ekanayake were adjudged the Best Recruits while Recruit HLD Liyanage was selected as the Recruit with the highest aggregate in all subjects. Recruit GSN Perera won the award for the Best Sportsman. Recruit MDM Fernando won the award for the Best Marksman. Dutugemunu Division was selected the Best Division.