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546 recruits newly joined to SL Navy a few months back braving to shoulder along with the fellow- comrades in arms, after the initial training at “Naval and Maritime Academy”, at the Naval Dockyard in Trincomalee, “SLNS Shiksha” at Poonewa (Medhawachchiya) in the North Central Province and ‘SLNS Vijaya” at Kalpitiya (puttlam) in the coastal city of the North Western Province passed out in an elegant and customary Passing Out Ceremony held on at ‘SLNS Nipuna’ at Galle in the Southern Province, in the morning on 19th July.

In the contingent passed out, there were 320 recruits belonging to the 158th intake of the Regular Force of the Navy trained at “SLNS Shiksha at Poonewa, 139 and 87 recruits joined to the Volunteer Force of the Navy, trained at the Naval and Maritime Academy and SLN Vijaya at Kalpitya respectively.

Recruit VS Danushka was adjudicated the best recruit and the best sportsman, when Recruits WMRC Herath and RMDR Rathnayake were adjudicated the best marksman and the Recruit who scored the highest aggregate respectively form the 158th intake trained at “SLNS Shiksha’ at Poonewa. Recruit HJ Mendis was adjudicated the best Recruit and the best sportsman, when Recruit HMPSW Samarasinghe and Recruit MSM Irfan were adjudicated the best marksman and the recruit who scored highest aggregate in all subjects respectively, in the batch of the Volunteer Naval Force trained at Naval and Maritime Academy”. In the batch joined the Volunteer Naval Force and trained ‘SLNS Vijaya’ at kalpitiya, Recruit JPNP Wijerathna was named the best recruit and the best marksman, when Recruit MDNIC Mudunkotuwa and Recruit TGR Yasarathne were named the best sportsman and the recruit who scored the highest aggregate in all subjects.

Rear Admiral DWAS Dissanayake WV, RSP,VSV, USP, ndc, Director General Operations and Director General Services at the Naval headquarters, participating as the chief guest, who received the salute of the passing out young sailors, thanked the parents, teachers and all well wishers for handing their loved ones to the Sri Lanka Navy known as the Golden Fence Around to preserve the territorial integrity of the country, and also as a place where youngsters can learn many things in the life experiencing adventure and bravery.