The President of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka and Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces His Excellency Mahinda Rajapaksa promoted Commander of the Sri Lanka Navy, Vice Admiral Jayanath Colombage to the rank of Admiral with effect from 28th June 2014.
Admiral Colombage has been decorated with Rana Sura Padakkama for gallantry and awarded with many other medals that include Vishista Seva Vibhushanaya and Utthama Seva Padakkama.
Successive Commanders of the Navy have issued him with ‘Letters of Commendation’ for his exceptional execution of duties and achievements in numerous fields.
He is the second officer to be considered to the highest seat of the Commander of the Navy straight from an Operational Naval Command and assumed duties as the 18th Navy Commander on 27th September 2012.
Press Release, June 30, 2014; Image: Sri Lanka Navy