The Commander of the Navy, Vice Admiral Nishantha Ulugetenne felicitated and awarded for 19 Naval Personnel, who excelled in physical fitness tests, during a ceremony which was held at the Admiral Somathilake Dissanayake Auditorium on 07th September 2022. The Chief of Staff of the Navy, Rear Admiral Priyantha Perera, Director Generals, Commander Western Naval Area and a group of officers and sailors from the Navy Headquarters and Western Naval Command, were also participated for the event.
Physical fitness is an important aspect of Naval life as it maintains good health, helps keep members in shape, and enables them to be productive (active) on the job. The Navy’s Physical Fitness Policy was introduced for the first time in 2021, as a concept of Commander of the Navy. A cash incentive programme was introduced on 01st July 2022 to promote the value of physical fitness among Naval Personnel.
This special physical fitness test was held under 03 categories which covered 07 age groups on 02nd and 03rd August 2022 with the participation of Naval Personnel who represented all branches of the Navy. Those Naval Personnel, whom were selected under 03 categories of tests and they were rewarded with cash prizes ranging from Rs. 75,000 to 100,000 as well as certificates. In addition to that they were awarded a special insignia which can be worn on their uniforms in future.
Following Naval Personnel who were attached to the NMA were also recognized for their splendid performances.
Physical Endurance Test – (PET) category
Midshipman PMKHS Senavirathna (18-24)
Physical Standard Evaluation Test – (PSET)
Women Able Seaman (Physical Training Instructor), RSDI Senarathna (18-24)
Leading Seaman (Physical Training Instructor), HN Jayasinghe (25-29)
Petty Officer (Physical Training Instructor), AGNM Rathnasiri (40-44)