Navy Chief visits Northern Command
Vice Admiral Nishantha Ulugetenne, Commander of the Navy, paid an official visit to the Northern Naval Command and investigated the operational readiness and administrative functions of the Northern Naval Area on 8 and 9 January 2022.
Beginning his itinerary on 8 January from Naval Deployment, Veththilakerni, Commander of the Navy, focused on the operational status quo, administrative matters and several welfare provisions for naval personnel there. He gave the necessary orders to increase naval operations in the Veththilakerni sea area to thwart illegal activities and planted saplings to commemorate the visit.
Meanwhile, Vice Admiral Ulugetenne visited the Nagadeepa Purana Raja Maha Viharaya on 9 January and paid his obeisance to the Chief Incumbent of Nagadeepa Purana Rajamaha Viharaya and Chief Sanghanayake for Northern Province, Most Ven. Nawadagala Padumakitti Tissa Thera.
Further, Commander of the Navy laid a foundation stone for the construction of a new Multi-purpose Command Operations Room at SLNS Uththara on 9 January, making way to expand operational capacities of the Command in the time to come.
Addressing officers and sailors of the Northern Naval Command, Commander of the Navy expressed his gratitude to them for efficient and effective performance of the duty and execution of operations despite many challenges. He also stated that it is the intention of the Navy to maintain the operational readiness of its fleet in the face of any challenge. Further, he said naval personnel should be committed to carry out entrusted duties to the maximum extent possible with clear mind, discipline while meeting deadlines at work as well as spending quality time with the family. Commander of the Navy also underlined the importance of the Divisional System which is unique to the Navy and urged seniors to look into the matters of juniors, when they are in need of guidance. Moreover, he emphasised on the maintenance of good physical fitness for effective performance of duties entrusted to naval personnel.
Vice Admiral Ulugetenne also opened a two-storeyed administrative building at SLNS Uththara on 9 January, put up for the use of Commodore Superintendent Logistics Department in the Northern Naval Command. He also shared a light moment with naval personnel engaged in construction work and appreciated them for completion of the project in a short period of time.
The events were conducted adhering to Covid-19 protocols. Commander Northern Naval Area, Rear Admiral Priyantha Perera, Director General Logistics, Rear Admiral Nishantha De Silva, Naval Assistant to Commander of the Navy, Rear Admiral Sujeewa Senaviratne, Deputy Area Commander, Rear Admiral Saman Perera, Naval Officer in Charge (Island), Commodore Hensly Peiris and officers and sailors attached to the Northern Naval Command were present.