Rear Admiral Upul De Silva appointed as Chief of Staff of the Sri Lanka Navy

The President and Commander-in- Chief of Armed Forces of Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka, His Excellency Gotabaya Rajapaksa appointed Rear Admiral Upul De Silva as the Chief of Staff of the Sri Lanka Navy, effective from 21st June 2022. Accordingly, Commander of the Navy, Vice Admiral Nishantha Ulugetenne, officially handed over the letter of appointment in this regard to Rear Admiral Upul De Silva at the Navy Headquarters and congratulated him.

Rear Admiral Upul De Silva is a proud product of Bandarawela Central College. He joined the Sri Lanka Navy in 1986 as an Officer Cadet of the 15th intake, to the Executive branch. The officer successfully completed his basic training at the Naval and Maritime Academy in Trincomalee and was commissioned as an Acting Sub Lieutenant in 1988. He followed the Sub Lieutenant Technical Course in India in 1989 and has also specialized in Communication from INS Venduruthy, India. Since then, he was gradually promoted to subsequent ranks in his naval career, finally being elevated to the rank of Rear Admiral on 03rd May 2019.

During his tenure in the Sri Lanka Navy, Rear Admiral Upul De Silva has held a number of both staff and command appointments such as; Officer in Command Fast Attack Craft, Commanding Officer of various ships and establishments, Commandant SLNS Shiksha, Deputy Director Naval Training, Deputy Director General Sri Lanka Coast Guard, Director Naval Inspectorate, Deputy Area Commander North Central Naval Area, Acting Director General Naval & Air Operations at OCDS, Director Naval Communication, Deputy Area Commander Eastern Naval Area and Port Facility Security Officer of Trincomalee, Flag Officer Commanding Naval Fleet, Commandant Volunteer Naval Force, Director General Personnel and Commander Western Naval Area. Prior to his elevation to the post of Chief of Staff of the Navy, he served as the Deputy Chief of Staff of the Navy.

Rear Admiral Upul De Silva completed his Command and Staff Course at Naval Staff College, US Naval War College, RI, USA, where he graduated in year 2003. The senior officer has also successfully completed the Defence Management Course in India in 2011, the Group Commander Course in China in 2013 and Master’s Degree in Defence and Strategic Studies in National Defence University, China in 2017.

His career in the Navy has been recognized by several awards. For his competent and valiant performances in the face of enemy, the officer has been awarded the Rana Wickrama Padakkama (RWP) and Rana Sura Padakkama (RSP). In addition, he is a recipient of Uttama Seva Padakkama (USP) for the unblemished character. The senior officer has also been commended three times by Commander of the Navy for outstanding performances of duty and exceptional contributions to the naval service.

Rear Admiral Upul De Silva is married to Mrs Shyama Thilakarathne and they are blessed with a daughter-Tharushi (29) and a son – Pasindu (27).