Navy Commander Sirimevan Ranasinghe Refuses Service Extension And Requests Authorities To Promote Second In Command: "If I Stand In Their Way Junior Officers Will Curse Me"

December 31, 2018

Navy Commander Sirimevan Ranasinghe has refused a service extension on grounds that it will ruin the military career of his Second in Command, Asian Mirror learns. 

The Navy Commander has informed Defence Ministry Secretary Hemasiri Fernando that he does not seek a service extension. "If I seek a service extension, the upward mobility of the officers below me will be blocked and they will curse me, " the Navy Commander has informed the Defence Ministry Secretary. 

He has requested the Defence Ministry Secretary to duly promote his Second in Command as the Navy Commander and has informed that he is "more than happy" to retire from service.

Ranasinghe received his education from St. Joseph College and the Anuradhapura Central College. He enlisted in the Sri Lanka Navy as an Officer Cadate in its 11th Intake on 15 November 1982, undergoing basic training at Trincomalee, where he was adjudged the best cadet and selected for an international course at Dartmouth, which he attended between 1984 and 1985

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