Commander of the Navy embarks on visit to Northwestern Naval Command

Commander of the Navy, Vice Admiral Nishantha Ulugetenne, embarking on a visit to the Northwestern Naval Command, looked into the operational and welfare aspects of the command on 09th and 10th October 2021. During the 02 day visit, he was also accompanied by President Navy Seva Vanitha Unit, Mrs. Chandima Ulugetenne.

To start with, Commander of the Navy and President Navy Seva Vanitha Unit declared open a navy-installed Reverse Osmosis (RO) plant at the Siri Sambuddha Galapitagala Temple in Rajavigama, Karuwalagaswewa on 09th October. The facility, 874th of its kind made possible by Navy’s manpower and industrial excellence, has been sponsored by the Navy Seva Vanitha Unit.

Subsequently, Commander of the Navy took part in a special discussion held at the Puttalam Municipal Council Hall, where he gave necessary directives with regard to the construction of a new jetty in the Puttalam Lagoon as well as planting of 100,000 mangrove saplings in the Puttalam Lagoon, to coincide with the 71st Navy Day.

Further, laying of the foundation stone for a new Seva Vanitha Pre-school and Day Care Centre Building, to be constructed at SLNS Barana, was held under the auspices of Commander of the Navy and President Navy Seva Vanitha Unit on 10th October. With a view to expanding welfare measures offered to the naval personnel in the Northwestern Naval Command, this building is to be erected at the naval establishment of SLNS Barana.

Subsequent to his address to a cross section of naval personnel in the command, at SLNS Barana, Commander of the Navy inspected the newly constructed jetty at the Naval Detachment of Kondachchikuda in SLNS Therapuththa and gave necessary directives for efficient execution of its operations. Moreover, he joined a meritorious event of laying a foundation stone for a new ‘Chaithya’ at SLNS Barana Temple. Commander of the Navy also offered mid-day alms to the Members of Maha Sangha subsequent to that occasion.

Addressing the officers attached to the command, at the Command Wardroom, Vice Admiral Ulugetenne underlined the fact of operational readiness and asked officers to execute their designated task with firm resolve. Besides, he declared open the newly built armoury and four-storeyed married quarters complex for sailors, at SLNS Barana. This married quarters complex consists of 16 complete apartments, each with two bedrooms.

The itinerary of Commander of the Navy drew to a close with the opening of 875th Reverse Osmosis (RO) plant built by the Navy in the village of Bakmeegahawatta, Mahawa.

The events of the visit had been organized in compliance with COVID-19 protocols to prevent the pandemic transmission. Commander Northwestern Naval Area, Rear Admiral Jayantha Kularathne, Deputy Area Commander, Commodore Mahendra Weerarathna, senior officers from the Navy Headquarters and Northwestern Naval Command and a small group of naval personnel were present on these occasions.