Defence secy recalls sacrifices made by security forces


The country should never forget that the peace it was enjoying today was made possible through dedication, sweat, blood and sacrifices of the valiant forces, Secretary to the Ministry of Defence BMUD Basnayake said on Saturday.

Addressing a commissioning ceremony of 41 Midshipmen belonging to the 28th and the 29th Intakes of the Kotelawala Defence University (KDU) held at the main parade ground of the Naval Maritime Academy in Trincomalee on Saturday, the Defence Secretary said that the heroic naval personnel had made an immense contribution restoring peace in the country by ending a thirty-year brutal war.

He highlighted the SLN’s pivotal role in harnessing the country’s maritime resources. The government had therefore decided to strengthen the Navy and the officers being commissioned a decisive role to play in achieving the goals of the country, he said.

Basnayake also thanked parents for having permitted their sons and daughters to join the Navy and wished the newly-passed out officers every success.

The commissioning ceremony held on completion of a strenuous training at the KDU and the NMA as well as onboard various ships, was held in keeping with the time-honoured customs and traditions of the Navy.

Those who had excelled during training were presented with special awards in recognition of their outstanding performances.

Midshipman KGASM Wijerathne was conferred with the Sword of Honour, having been adjudged the Best Midshipman.

Midshipman WSK Fernando won the award for the highest aggregate in overall subjects, while Midshipman MTNK Fernando won the award for the highest aggregate in professional subjects. Midshipman PWSL Bandara received the award for the Best Sportsman and Midshipman RHC Ranaweera won the award for the Best Marksman.

The event concluded with a spectacular cultural performance presented by the Navy Cultural Troupe and a band display of the Sri Lanka Navy band, drawing the glamorous parade to a fitting conclusion.

Commander of the Navy, Vice Admiral Jayantha Perera, Mrs. Shalika Perera, Commander Eastern Naval Area, Rear Admiral Rohana Perera, Director Generals of the Navy, Commandant of the Naval and Maritime Academy, Commodore Nandana Jayarathne, senior officers representing tri-services and Police, parents and well-wishers were also present at the parade where 19 and 22 Midshipmen from the 28th and the 29th intakes of the KDU received their commission.

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