Commander of the Sri Lanka Navy, Vice Admiral Jayanath Colombage inspected the Volunteer Naval Force Annual Camp Divisions held at the Welisara Naval Complex Grounds on 19th January 2013. Chief of Staff of the Navy, Rear Admiral Damayantha Dharmasiriwardene, Commander Western Naval Area & Commandant VNF, Rear Admiral Rohan Amarasinghe, Senior Naval officers and Commanding Officer VNF were also present on the occasion.
Commander of the Navy in his address commended the yeoman service rendered by the VNF towards the success of the humanitarian operation. He expressed his appreciation at the VNF’s remarkable efforts in transforming itself rapidly from a ceremonial force for the new role and the pivotal contributions made to the SLN’s multi-faceted operations. The Navy Commander stated that he expects VNF to play an equally important role in the future as well for the country’s endeavours in becoming a maritime hub in the region.
The VNF annual training camp is conducted to update the knowledge and skills of Volunteer Naval Force personnel who are not mobilized. The event concludes with the Commander of the Navy’s Divisions and a ceremonial parade.
The Sri Lanka Volunteer Naval Force is the main arm of the Sri Lanka Navy with Naval training vigilant in readiness to provide expertise and man power in times of national urgency and distress. It supplements and provides the Regular Naval Force with the required assistance in the execution of tasks of the Navy.
Naval Today Staff, January 21, 2013; Image: Sri Lanka Navy