Daya Ratnayake promoted to rank of General
February 21, 2015 03:02 pm
The outgoing Commander of the Army Lieutenant General Daya Ratnayake who formally retired from the Army on Saturday (21) has been promoted to the rank of four star General effective from today by the President Maithripala Sirisena.
General Daya Ratnayake who enlisted to the Army on 6 February 1980 in the Intake No 13 and commissioned as a Second Lieutenant on 18 July 1981, boasts a distinguished military career of more than 34 years as an infantryman of the 1 Sri Lanka Light Infantry (SLLI).
A military ceremony at the Army Headquarters on Saturday (21) morning bade farewell to him in accordance with military traditions in a parade, coloured by the presence of the SLLI mascot, ‘Kandula’ and a representative gathering of troops, commanded by Captain Duminda Perera of the SLLI.
The military event held at MoD grounds this morning (21), amidst a representative gathering of senior officers and other ranks of the Sri Lanka Army, also saw the outgoing Commander handing over the symbolic Sword and the Batton to his successor, Major General A.W.J.C. De Silva.