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Vice Admiral RC Wijegunaratne

Commander of SLN

Chief of the Naval Staff

Vice Admiral Ravindra (Ravi) Wijegunaratne was educated at the Royal College, Colombo 7. He joined the Sri Lanka Navy as an officer cadet of the 9th Intake on 01st November 1980. He underwent his basic training at the Naval and Maritime Academy, Trincomalee and at the prestigious Britannia Royal Naval College (BRNC), Dartmouth, UK. He was the recipient of the “Best International Midshipman” award

Let me at the very outset thank the Chief of Staff of the Indian Navy for extending an invitation to me as well as to the Sri Lanka Navy to participate in this year’s ‘In

About Chief of the Naval Staff

Vice Admiral RC Wijegunaratne

Commander of SLN

Chief of the Naval Staff

Vice Admiral Ravindra (Ravi) Wijegunaratne was educated at the Royal College, Colombo 7. He joined the Sri Lanka Navy as an officer cadet of the 9th Intake on 01st November 1980. He underwent his basic training at the Naval and Maritime Academy, Trincomalee and at the prestigious Britannia Royal Naval College (BRNC), Dartmouth, UK. He was the recipient of the “Best International Midshipman” award at the BRNC, Dartmouth in year 1982. He is specialized in Anti Submarine Warfare, a qualified diver, paratrooper, and Special Forces person. His last sea command was SLNS Sayura (Offshore Patrol Vessel), the Flag Ship of the Sri Lanka Navy. The other key appointments he has held during his unblemished naval career of 35 years are: Commandant Naval & Maritime Academy, Flag Officer Commanding Naval Fleet, First Secretary and Defence Adviser of the Sri Lanka High Commission in New Delhi- India, Director Naval Operations, Special Forces, and Maritime Surveillance, Commander Southern, Western, Northern, and Eastern Naval Areas, Director General of the Sri Lanka Coast Guard and Chief of Staff. He took over the command of the Sri Lanka Navy on 11th July 2015. Vice Admiral Wijegunaratne is the senior most Special Forces naval officer who was instrumental in forming the Sri Lanka Navy’s Special Force element known as the Special Boat Squadron (SBS) which contributed immensely during the conflict period. He commanded this elite unit twice in his career and has led a number of SBS operations behind the enemy lines and amphibious operations including the famous ‘Pooneryn Operation’ in 1993. Vice Admiral Wijegunaratne is a highly decorated senior naval officer with four gallantry medals for his act of bravery and valor. He is a recipient of ‘Weerodhara Vibushanaya’, the highest gallantry medal in Sri Lanka for non-military nature, ‘Rana Wickrama Medal’ awarded twice for individual gallantry in the face of the enemy and ‘Rana Sura Medal’ for collective gallantry in the face of the enemy. He was also awarded with ‘Vishista Seva Vibhushanaya’ (VSV) and ‘Uththama Seva Pagakkama’ (USP) for his unblemished and exemplary naval career. He earned his BSc (Hons) degree in War Studies from the Karachchi University, Pakistan in 1996 and MPhil in Defence and Strategic Studies (First Class pass) from the University of Madras in India in 2010. He is also an alumni of the National Defence University, Washington DC, USA (NESA Center). He is widely known as an expert in “Asymmetric Naval Warfare” and “Small Boat Operations.” He was an outstanding sportsman and has won Navy Colours for Rugby Football, Sailing, and Rowing. He was a top marksman who represented the Navy team and was the President of the National Rifle Association. Presently he is the President of the Naval Golf Club. He is married to Yamuna De Saram, who was Miss Sri Lanka 1989 and blessed with a 23 year old son, Satyajith.

Let me at the very outset thank the Chief of Staff of the Indian Navy for extending an invitation to me as well as to the Sri Lanka Navy to participate in this year’s ‘International Fleet Review’ (IFR) which is expected to be conducted on a much larger scale than ever done before. The IFR-2016 like the previous events has given a wider opportunity to a large number of navies to expand their relations in a number of aspects with other members in the maritime fraternity. This event also provides an opportunity to foster friendship among the regional as well as international navies in a unique atmosphere. As IFR-2016 is focused on both displaying the maritime might of the Indian Navy and creating ‘bridges of friendship’ among the participating nations, I strongly believe that through IFR-2016 we could also focus on forming a much wider camaraderie among the navies, nations and a large number of stakeholders that are an integral part of maritime affairs. I sincerely hope that IFR-2016 would be able to make the ‘bridges of friendship’ among all its participating nations. I wish all the success for IFR-2016!

About SLNS Sayura

SLNS Sayura SLNS Sayura
Length Beam Draught NRT GRT
101.1 4.5 1400 1928
Ship was build by Hindustani Ship Yard (PVT) LTD and joined to SLN fleet on 31st October 2000.

Ship's Crest

Ship's Crest
Crest Photograph Ship is in the center. Stars showing ship is patrolling beyond coastal and navigate with using stars. Star constellation is Orion. It means she is going to hunt.
Ship is in the center. Stars showing ship is patrolling beyond coastal and navigate with using stars. Star constellation is Orion. It means she is going to hunt.

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Participating Delegates

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B Liyanagamage Commander Personal Secretary
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R Joseph Commander Naval Assistant
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KGCM Gamage Commander Personal Security Officer
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PJF Peris Commodore Delegate Srilanka

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