RC Wijegunaratne appointed as new Navy Commander
July 10, 2015 01:39 pm
Vice Admiral Ravindra C. Wijegunaratne has been appointed as the 20th Commander of the Sri Lanka Navy with effect from tomorrow (July 11), the Ministry of Defence said.
Wijegunaratne was the former Navy Chief of Staff and the former Director General of Sri Lanka Coast Guard Department. Prior to that, he served as the Commander Eastern Naval Area of the Sri Lanka Navy.
Vice Admiral Wijegunaratne is a highly decorated Navy Officer having gallantry medals for his bravery and valour. He was the 3rd Naval officer to head the Sri Lanka Coast Guard Department.
Earlier today, it was announced that President Maithripala Sirisena had promoted outgoing Navy Chief Vice Admiral Jayantha Perera to the rank of Admiral with effect from Thursday (July 09).
Perera had assumed duties as the 19th Commander of the Navy on July 01, 2014.