Commander of the Navy awards insignia to RABS personnel after successful completion of their Qualifying Course

In a proud ceremony held at the parade ground of the Rapid Action Boat Squadron (RABS) Headquarters in Gangewadiya, Puttalam, 36 naval personnel (02 officers and 34 sailors) were awarded insignia, marking the successful completion of the RABS Qualifying Course No 27. The dignified ceremony was graced by Commander of the Navy, Vice Admiral Priyantha Perera, as the Chief Guest, at the invitation of Commander Northwestern Naval Area, Rear Admiral Nishantha Peiris.

The occasion turned out to be the accomplishments of those naval personnel who underwent 09 months of intensive training, focusing on RABS classic roles, lifesaving techniques, and specialized rescue missions conducted during disaster situations.

The highlight of the ceremony was the presentation of special awards by Commander of the Navy to course participants who showcased outstanding performance and dedication during the training period. Lieutenant GRSR Thilakarathna won the award for the Best Trainee, reflecting his exemplary commitment to excellence. Lieutenant DGYP Premalal stood out as the Best Boat Handler, demonstrating exceptional skill in boat handling. Meanwhile, Able Seaman RGR Jeewantha received the award for the Best Lifesaver, showcasing proficiency in critical lifesaving techniques and Able Seaman HMMNB Herath was recognized as the trainee with the Best Physical Fitness.

In his address, Commander of the Navy, at the outset, expressed his heartfelt congratulations to the naval personnel who successfully completed the RABS qualifying course. Adding further, he underscored the pivotal role played by RABS during the humanitarian operation which ensured eradication of nearly three-decade long terrorism from the country. The Navy Commander also solemnly recalled the supreme sacrifice made by RABS personnel, emphasizing their dedication to securing a better tomorrow for the motherland.

Furthermore, he lauded the praiseworthy commitment of RABS, the Special Boat Squadron, and the 04th Fast Attack Flotilla in neutralizing enemy tactics during sea battles and emerging victorious. In urging the insignia recipients to embody the RABS motto in their duties, the Commander stressed the imperative of confronting present challenges with unwavering dignity.

Drawing inspiration from the squadron’s storied history, marked by triumphant responses to health crises and natural disasters, Commander of the Navy emphasized the resilience that has defined RABS legacy.

Commander of the Navy also did not forget to express his gratitude to the parents of the naval personnel, as they have encouraged their children to perform exceptional service to the motherland by joining RABS. Additionally, he took a moment to express his heartfelt gratitude to the Commanding Officer, and training team of RABS for their unwavering commitment to imparting high-quality training, which is crucial for preparing personnel for the responsibilities ahead.

Following the insignia awarding ceremony, the insignia recipients put on display various lifesaving rescue scenarios using different type of life saving equipment to demonstrate their expertise honed thorough this training. The display was also joined by a Bell 212 helicopter of the Sri Lanka Air Force.

Senior officers from the Navy Headquarters and Northwestern Naval Command, Commanding Officer RABS, Commander Nadun Ranaweera, officers from sister services and police as well as near and dear ones of the course followers were also present on this occasion.