Chief of Staff

Rear Admiral

NBJ Rosayro


Rear Admiral Neil Rosayro studied at Bandaranayake Maha Vidyalaya Gampaha. Rear Admiral Neil Rosayro joined the Sri Lanka Navy as an Officer Cadet in the Executive branch in 1982 and secured the first place in his batch at the midshipmen final examination. On successful completion of training he was commissioned as a Sub Lieutenant on 15th October 1985 and was promoted to the rank of Rear Admiral on 01st July 2011. During his career he had held sea command of Fast Attack Craft, Landing Craft, Fast Gun Boat, Offshore Patrol Vessel and the Sub Chaser of the Navy. He had also held the appointments of Command Operations Officer East, Senior Staff Officer Operations at Naval Headquarters, Deputy Director Naval Personnel, Defence Advisor of Sri Lanka High Commission in New Delhi for a period of 03 years from 2005, Deputy Area Commander Southern Naval Area, Deputy Area Commander Western Naval Area, Deputy Area Commander of North Central Command, appointments of Director Naval Operations, Naval Assistant to the Commander of the Navy, Director Naval Foreign Co-operation, Director Marine Special Forces and Director Naval Projects & Plans. Officer also held the important appointment of Director General Operations for almost two years since 2013 and function as the Deputy Chief of Staff and the Commander Eastern Naval Area for one year in 2015/2016. Later he was appointed as the Deputy Chief of Staff and the Commandant Volunteer Naval Force. At present he is holding appointment as the Chief of Staff of the Navy.

Rear Admiral Neil Rosayro specialized in Communication from signal school in Cochin, India in 1991 and also graduated from Defence Services Staff College Wellington India in the year 2001. He also possesses a MSc in Defence and Strategic Studies obtained from the University of Madras India. Officer also completed his National Security and War Course at National Defence University in Pakistan in 2013.

Since 1985 the officer had actively participated in sea and land operations. In recognition of his distinguished service he has been awarded with Rana Soora Padakkama for act of Gallantry, Poorna bhumi Padakkama, Sri Lanka Armed Service Long Service Medal, North and East Operations Medal, Riviresa Campaign Service Medal, 50th Independence Anniversary Commemoration Medal, Sri Lanka Navy 50th Anniversary Medal, Uththama Seva Padakkama, Videsha Seva Padakkama, East and North Humanitarian Medals.

The officer had been directly and personally involved in projects such as developing the Human Resource Management System for the Navy in year 2002/2004, establishing the Rapid Response Relief and Rescue Squadron of the Navy in year 2011, organized 04 Galle Dialog Maritime conference during year 2010,2011,2013,2014 which has reached great success and contributed to organize the 60th Anniversary of the Navy and for such efforts the officer has received 05 commendation letters from the Commander of the Navy.

Being a keen sportsman from his school days Rear Admiral Neil Rosayro had represented the Sri Lanka Navy Cricket team from 1983 to 1989 and was the best sportsman of his batch.

He is married to Thamara and is blessed with two daughters