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Navy commemorates its Golden Jubilee

Dec 9, 2010 3:54:12 AM - itnnews.lk

The Sri Lanka Navy is commemorating its 60th anniversary with pride.

Presidential Colours were awarded at the Naval Headquarters near the Colombo Lighthouse under the patronage of President Rajapaksa this morning. A 21 Gun Salute was held in honour of the President after he was welcomed by Navy Commander Vice Admiral Thisara Samarasinghe. Thereafter the Navy was felicitated for protecting the sovereignty and the territorial integrity of the country. The President awarded colours for the Northern Command to Lt. Prageeth Jayawardena. The Colours for the Eastern Command was presented to Lt. Chamara de Silva. Sub Lt. Yoshitha Rajapaksa was awarded the colours for the Aslot Command. The Royal Ceylon Navy was launched on 9th December 1950. It was named ‘Sri Lanka Navy’ by the Republic of Sri Lanka in 1972. 16 Commanders have so far served the Navy. The 60th Anniversary has been named the ‘Diamond of Silent Service’. The Commanders of the Security Forces, the IGP and Navy Commanders of foreign countries participated in the occasion. 8 war ships of seven countries have also arrived in the Colombo Harbour.