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The Commander of the Navy is the professional head of the Sri Lanka Navy. The current Commander of the Navy is Vice Admiral Jayanath Colombage (appointed on 27 September 2012). It is a position comparable to that of First Sea Lord of the Royal Navy or Chief of Naval Operations in the United States Navy.

In the recent past all serving Navy commanders have been of the rank of Vice Admiral, promoted to the Honorary rank of Admiral when retiring or promoted to Chief of Defence Staff (CDS).

History[edit | edit source]

The Post of Captain of the Navy was created in the Navy Act of 1950 when the Royal Ceylon Navy was created 9 December 1950 as the head of the navy.

In 1972 the "Dominion of Ceylon" became the "Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka" and the Royal Ceylon Navy became the Sri Lanka Navy. The post "Captain of the Navy" was changed to "Commander of the Navy", in keeping with the terminology adopted by the other two services.

Captain of the Navy, 1950–1972[edit | edit source]

No. Portrait Rank Name Appointment Left Office Decorations
1 Captain W.E. Banks December 2, 1950 November 25, 1951 CBE, DSC
2 Captain J.R.S. Brown November 26, 1951 June 14, 1953
3 Commodore P.M.B. Chavasse June 15, 1953 November 7, 1955 DSC
4 Rear Admiral G.R.M. De Mel August 15, 1955 November 15, 1960 OBE, ADC
5 Rear Admiral Rajan Kadiragamar November 16, 1960 July 1, 1970 MVO, ADC
6 Rear Admiral D.V. Hunter July 2, 1970 May 21, 1972

Commander of the Navy, 1972–present[edit | edit source]

No. Portrait Rank Name Appointment Left Office Decorations
7 Rear Admiral D.V. Hunter May 22, 1972 March 31, 1973
8 Admiral Deshamanya Basil Gunasekara[1] April 1, 1973 May 31, 1979
9 Admiral A.W.H. Perera[1] June 1, 1979 May 31, 1983 VSV
10 Vice Admiral Asoka de Silva June 1, 1983 October 31, 1986 VSV
11 Admiral H.A. Silva November 1, 1986 October 31, 1991 VSV
12 Admiral W.W.E.Clancy Fernando November 1, 1991 November 16, 1992 VSV
13 Admiral D.A.M.R. Samarasekara November 16, 1992 November 27, 1997 VSV, USP
14 Admiral H.C.A.C. Thisera January 28, 1997 December 31, 2000 VSV, USP
15 Admiral D.W.K Sandagiri, JP January 1, 2001 August 31, 2005 VSV, USP
16 Wasantha Karannagoda.jpg Admiral Wasantha Karannagoda September 1, 2005 July 15, 2009 RSP, VSV, USP
17 Thisara Samarasinghe.png Admiral Thisara Samarasinghe July 15, 2009 January 15, 2011 RSP, VSV, USP
18 Vice Admiral D.W.A.S. Dissanayake January 15, 2011 September 27, 2012 WV, RSP & Bar, VSV, USP
19 Vice Admiral Jayanath Colombage September 27, 2012 RSP, VSV, USP

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