The President stated he would take action to implement a program, enabling the officers leaving Navy to join government service on their interest. He pointed out these officers are in an age 40 or 45 which they can serve the country effectively with their knowledge and intelligence after ending a service of 20 or 22 years.
President Sirisena who arrived in Navy Camp, Trincomalee last morning was escorted by Navy Commander Rear Admiral Jayantha Perera and Defense Secretary M. B. U. D. Basnayake.
President was accorded a Guard of Honour constituting a hundred naval personnel parading the President’s Colours conferred on the Eastern Naval Area. Thereafter, he unveiled the plaque marking the completion of the first phase of the new building complex of the Naval and Maritime Academy. Proceeding to the Electrical School, the President declared open the newly constructed building that houses the well-equipped, spacious classrooms and the state-of-the art technological laboratories designed to provide quality training to naval personnel in electrical and electronic engineering.
Much to the delight of the female Sea Cadets that were taking part in their annual assessment camp, the President met them at the NMA hockey ground where he expressed his admiration of their enthusiasm in extra-curricular activities and wished them success in their studies.
To mark his visit to the Sri Lanka Navy’s largest naval base, HE the President planted a coconut sapling at the Navy House premises and placed his signature in the visitor’s book.