44 nursing students pledges for committed profession completing their course of study

The capping ceremony and pledging of allegiance to the service by 44 Naval and Air Force nursing students who studied at Naval Nurses’ Training School, SLNS Thakshila was held under the patronage of Commander of the Navy, Vice Admiral Nishantha Ulugetenne, at the Admiral Somathilake Dissanayake Auditorium, SLNS Parakrama today (25th February 2021). This batch of nursing students from both Navy and Air Force was enlisted in the year 2019 to the Naval Nurses’ Training School which is accredited to the General Sir John Kotelawala Defence University (KDU).

The event saw customary capping and passing of symbolic lamp to 39 Naval 05 Air Force nursing students by Director (Nursing Education) at Ministry of Health, Ms. Ashoka Abeynayaka, Director (Medical Services) Mrs. MBC Samanmalee, Director (Nursing and Public Health) Mrs. RLS Rajapaksha, senior lecturers in the faculties of Allied Health Sciences of University of Sri Jayewardenepura, University of Colombo, University of Kelaniya and Kotelawala Defence University, senior nursing tutors and Special Grade Chief Nursing Officers of Colombo North Teaching Hospital.

Meanwhile, Commander of the Navy, Vice Admiral Nishantha Ulugetenne presented the Medal of Excellence to the nursing students who secured the highest marks at different subjects during the first half yearly examination.

The event was also attended by Deputy Director General of Health Services Dr. RMSK Rathnayake, Deputy Chief of Staff of the Navy, Rear Admiral Ruwan Perera, Director General Electrical and Electronic Engineering, Rear Admiral Nishantha Samarasinghe, Director General Training, Rear Admiral Jayantha Kularathna, Director General Administration, Rear Admiral Prasanna Hewage, Director General Services, Rear Admiral Senaka Senavirathna, Director General Operations, Rear Admiral Prasanna Mahawithana, Acting Director General Health Services, Surgeon Commodore PJB Marambe, senior officers, officials from the Ministry of Health and naval personnel.