THE COMMISSIONING CEREMONY OF 34TH KDU (TECHNICAL) AND 62ND INTAKES CONCLUDE AT NAVAL AND MARITIME ACADEMY IN A GRAND NOTE

The Commissioning Parade of 13 Midshipmen of 34th intake (Technical) of General Sir John Kotelawala Defence University and 43 Midshipmen of 62nd intake of Sri Lanka Navy was held at the main parade ground of Naval and Maritime Academy (NMA), Trincomalee on 11th December 2021. The Commander of the Navy, Vice Admiral Nishantha Ulugetenne and Ms. Chandima Ulugetenne graced the event, and Commander of the Navy took the salute as the chief Guest.

Midshipman HUCL Jayakody NRE 4114 of 34th intake of General Sir John Kotelawala Defence University won the award for the Best Technical Officer, having secured the highest aggregate in Technical Subjects.

Meanwhile, Midshipman NDAN Nanayakkara, NRX 4364 won the Sword of Honour, as the Best Midshipman of the 62nd intake as well as the award for the highest aggregate in Nautical Subjects. Midshipman KHPI Hannadige NRI 4406 won both awards for the highest aggregate in Overall Subjects and Professional Subjects. Apart from that, Midshipman HGLSL Somarathna, NRX4375 won the award for Best Marksman and Midshipman BVD Pabasara, NRS 4398 was awarded as the Best Sportsman of the 62nd intake.

Congratulating the newly commissioned officers for successful completion of their training, Commander of the Navy reiterated that, the training was important to instill and reinforce the Navy's core values and professionalism in future naval career.

He also reminded that, a huge responsibility lies with the Navy, being the First Line of Defence of our nation, as Sri Lanka is positioned in a strategic location in the Indian Ocean.

Deputy Chief of Staff, Commander Western Naval Area and Commandant Volunteer Naval Force, Rear Admiral Upul De Silva, Commander Eastern Naval Area, Rear Admiral Sanjeewa Dias, Area Commanders, executive committee members of Navy Seva Vanitha Unit, Director Generals, flag rank officers, diplomatic corps, officers from Navy Headquarters and Eastern Naval Command, senior officers from sister services senior Police Officers and parents of newly commissioned officers were present on this occasion.

The Commissioning parade concluded with a beautiful cultural performance presented by the Navy Cultural Troupe and a Band Display followed by a ceremonial sunset held in accordance with rich naval customs and traditions. The proceedings of the ceremony have been organized adhering to COVID-19 protocols due to the pandemic concerns.

The Commander of the navy extended his gratitude and appreciation to the Commandant Naval and Maritime Academy and directing staff for arranging such an eye-catching event at its highest magnitude and inviting the Commander of the Navy as the Chief Guest.