Navy celebrates 71st Anniversary

CEYLON TODAY | Published: 2:00 AM Dec 9 2021
News Navy celebrates 71st Anniversary

Sri Lanka Navy celebrates its 71st Anniversary, today (9) and 1,768 naval personnel have been promoted to coincide with it. To mark the Navy’s customary celebrations, 84 officers and 1,684 ratings were promoted to their next higher ranks/rates with the recommendation of Commander of the Navy, Vice Admiral Nishantha Ulugetenne effective from today (9). On the sidelines of these celebrations, capital ships of the Sri Lanka Navy will lay at anchor off the Galle Face Green and the ships will be there today (9) and tomorrow (10), allowing the public to catch a glimpse of naval power of the Sri Lanka Navy. 

Meanwhile, ranges of celebratory events are conducted in each Naval Command, giving pride and place to naval customs and religious rituals. As part of the religious segment of the 71st anniversary celebrations the ‘Kanchuka Puja’ and ‘Flag Blessing’ ceremonies were held at the Ruwanwelisaya and sacred Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi in Anuradhapura to receive the blessings. Similarly, the Christian Commemoration and Thanksgiving Service was held at St. Lucia’s Cathedral, Colombo, and Hindu Puja at Shri Ponnambalawaneswarar Kovil and Islamic religious rituals at the Jummah Mosque on Chatham Street. 

Further, a Navy sponsored Reverse Osmosis (RO) plant built at Kelambiyawa in Polpithigama, Kurunegala was declared open by Deputy Area Commander Northwestern Naval Area today (9) to coincide with the 71st Anniversary of Sri Lanka Navy. 

(NV)

CEYLON TODAY | Published: 2:00 AM Dec 9 2021

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