The Commander of the Navy Vice Admiral Ravindra Wijegunaratne visited the South Eastern Naval Area on 10th October 2015. He was received by the Commander South Eastern Naval Area, Rear Admiral Nimal Sarathsena. The Navy Commander was accompanied by several senior naval officers attached to the Naval Headquarters and the South Eastern Naval Command.
The Commander of the Navy addressed the naval personnel of the SENA at the auditorium of SLNS Mahanaga in Panama after a command briefing at the Command Conference Room. During the speech he emphasized the importance of the service rendered by the naval personnel in reaching military and national objectives whilst maintaining a good relationship with the civilian community in the area. The dedication and commitment of the officers and sailors to fulfill the assigned tasks and to maintain the operational readiness both at sea and on land were appreciated by the Commander.
The Commander declared open the newly constructed vehicle service of the SENA, a long felt need, during the visit and planted a tree sapling in the Admin area to mark his visit to the SENA.
During the visit, the Navy Commander made inspection at ND Arugambay, SB Kalmunai and NSU Oluvil, which are key naval detachments along the south eastern coastal belt. The adequacy of the facilities provided at these remote detachments and how those facilities are effectively used to reach the desired objectives were inquired by the Commander. FACs at Oluvil harbor and their utilization for prompt action in the area also drew the special attention of the Commander during the visit. The Commander also visited coast guard station Oluvil which had been established during his tenure as Director General Coast Guard.