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Rear Admiral DMLA Dissanayaka, USP, psc, MPA (PIM-USJ), JP (Whole Island) addressed the Officer Under Trainees, student officers of Naval & Maritime Academy on 29th September at Admiral Wasantha Karannagoda Auditorium, Naval and Maritime Academy. Flag Officer Commanding Naval Fleet, Deputy Area Commander, Commandant and all the faculty members also attended in this lecture. He shared the insights of his lecture on “Strolling Down the Memory Lane of 34 years in SLN”.

Rear Admiral DMLA Dissanayaka is a well experienced, senior officer specialized in Gunnery. He joined the Sri Lanka Navy on 20th October 1986 as an officer cadet to 15th Intake and underwent his basic training at NMA. On successful completion of his basic training he was commissioned as an Acting Sub Lieutenant on 17th November 1988. After being gradually climbed the ladder, he was promoted to the rank of Rear Admiral on 30th December 2019. He holds two Master Degrees in Master of Public Administration from Postgraduate institute of Management at University of Sri Jayawardanapura and Master of Science (Defence Studies) from University of Kelaniya, Sri Lanka.

During the session, he discussed how he has progressed since he joined the SLN and salient aspects of his naval career spanning over 34 years in the Sri Lanka Navy. He shared his personal experiences and unforgettable memories in the Navy for Officer under trainees to take a note for their self-development.

One of such periods that he highlighted was the tenure at Kilali sector as the Officer in Command during the heights of the LTTE insurgency. During his speech he also highlighted the importance of prompt understanding of the situations and necessity of quick decision-making ability as an officer in the Navy.

Further, he shared his experiences as the Director General Administration and Command North Central Naval Area where very significant welfare activities conducted to maintain civil military relationship.

Finally, he was generous enough to provide valuable advices for the young officers and OUTs to fulfill their aspirations in their future naval career. He advised that young officers and OUTs should continuously maintain the positive attitude to uplift their knowledge and skills even though it is not measured by higher authority at the initial stages by quoting few examples.

In conclusion, Academy Cadet Captain Midshipman KHPI Hannadige delivered vote of thanks representing all OUTs and the faculty.

In recognition of his visit to NMA, a token of memento was presented to Rear Admiral DMLA Dissanayaka by the Flag Officer Commanding Naval Fleet Rear Admiral YMGB Jayathilaka accompanied by the Commandant, naval and maritime Academy.

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