President Gotabaya Rajapaksa appointed Rear Admiral Kapila Samaraweera as the Chief of Staff of the Sri Lanka Navy with effect from Saturday (12).
Accordingly, Navy Commander Vice Admiral Nishantha Ulugetenne officially handed over the letter of appointment to Samaraweera yesterday (14) and expressed his best wishes to Samaraweera in carrying out the duties entrusted with the new appointment, the Navy said.
Before being appointed the Navy’s Chief of Staff, Samaraweera held office as the Deputy Chief of Staff and Commander – Northern Naval Area.
Samaraweera is a proud product of the Dehiwala Maha Vidyalaya and joined the Sri Lanka Navy as a Cadet Officer of the 13th Intake in 1985. The senior officer underwent his basic naval training at the Naval and Maritime Academy, Trincomalee, and was commissioned as a Sub Lieutenant on 7 April 1987.
Furthermore, he followed the Sub Lieutenant Technical Course in Pakistan and gradually progressed in his naval career, ultimately being elevated to the rank of Rear Admiral on 23 August 2016.
During his naval career, Samaraweera served in key appointments and commanded fast attack craft as well as Sri Lanka Navy ships such as the Samudura, Udhara, Ranadheera, and Hansaya. Apart from that, he served as the Naval Officer-in-Charge of the Naval Complex in Welisara, Director General (Co-ordinating) at the Office of the Chief of Defence Staff, Commandant of the Naval Advanced Training Centre in Boossa, Deputy Area Commander of the Southern Naval Area, Director of Naval Personnel, and Flag Officer commanding the Naval Fleet, among other prominent appointments.
Moreover, Samaraweera followed advanced courses in countries like India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, and the US on several occasions, and has specialised in anti-submarine warfare at PNS Bahadur in Karachi, Pakistan. The senior officer followed the International Maritime Officers’ Course at the Coast Guard Training Centre, Yorktown, US and is also an alumnus of the National Defence College, Bangladesh.
He’s actively involved in the suppression of terrorism at sea and on land since 1987 and was awarded the “Rana Sura Padakkama” thrice for his invaluable service to the motherland. As a reward for exceptional, distinguished, and loyal service, he was awarded the “Vishista Seva Vibhushanaya” and has been much admired, receiving letters of commendation on several occasions from the Commander of the Navy.
A gifted athlete as well as an outstanding sports administrative officer, he was the Chairman of the Sri Lanka Navy Wrestling and Judo Pools from 2003 to 2013. Furthermore, he is the Founding Chairman of the Karate and Wushu Pools in the Sri Lanka Navy in 2004 and 2009, respectively, and held the chairmanship until 2012.