President Mahinda Rajapaksa, as Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces, has promoted Commander of the Sri Lanka Navy Vice Admiral Somathilake Dissanayake to the rank of Admiral.
The Sri Lanka Navy accorded a 48-member Guard of Honour to the newly-promoted Admiral upon his arrival at the Naval Headquarters in Colombo today.
Admiral Dissanayake is the 17th naval officer to reach the helm of the Naval Service. He assumed Command of the Sri Lanka Navy on 15th January 2011.
In the 61-year history of the Sri Lanka Navy, he is regarded as the most decorated naval officer. He has been bestowed with the Weerodara Vibhushanaya for his bravery and decorated for gallantry with two Rana Sura Padakkamas.
He has also been awarded the Vishista Seva Vibhushanaya, the Uttama Seva Padakkama and eleven commemorative, campaign and service medals. He is also the recipient of three decorative badges which include the 5-star Commendation Badge.