Foundation stone laid for museum at VNF Headquarters

In a significant development aimed at preserving the rich history and heritage of the Sri Lanka Volunteer Naval Force, a foundation stone was laid for a new museum at the Volunteer Naval Force Headquarters in Welisara on 10th June 2024. The museum would house historical photographs and memorabilia of the Volunteer Naval Force, related to significant moments and events from its inception to the present day. The ceremony was presided by the Commandant Volunteer Naval Force, Rear Admiral Lashanth N Hewavitharane.

Under the Volunteer Defence Force Ordinance No. 01 of 1937, the beginning of Naval Force was marked for the first time in the country. Over time, it evolved from the Ceylon Royal Volunteer Reserve to the Sri Lanka Volunteer Naval Force, a transition that was completed in 1972. The museum is set up to safeguard and preserve the valuable photographs and memorabilia related to the significant events and special occasions of the Volunteer Navy's long history, ensuring their conservation for future.

The Commanding Officer Volunteer Naval Force, Commodore (VNF) Susantha Dharmasiri, Commanding Officer SLNS Lanka, Captain (VNF) MBNA Pemarathna and a group of officers from the Volunteer Naval Force Headquarters and SLNS Lanka were present on this occasion.