ගලෙන් කොටුව බැන්දයි තිරිකුණාමලේ

The Commissioning Parade of the 38th and 64th recruitment of cadet officers of Sri Lanka Navy who passed out from Kotalawala Defense University was held under the patronage of Prime Minister Dinesh Gunawardena on January 28 at the Trincomalee Naval camp.

Eastern Province Governor Senthil Thondaman, Member of Parliament Yadamini Gunawardena, Chief of Defense Staff General Shavendra Silva, Navy Commander Vice Admiral Priyantha Perera and senior officials joined the event.

Following is the full text of the Prime Minister’s speech;

I feel privileged to be present at this proud occasion of the Commissioning Parade of 49 young officers, together with two lady cadet officers from the 38th intake of General Sir John Kotelawala Defence University and the 64th intake of Cadet Entry.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank the Commander-in-Chief President and the Commander of the Navy for extending an invitation to me for this vibrant and splendid evening.

Dear young officers,

You are entering a noble service. The security of our Motherland and safety of our fellow citizens depend on our armed forces. From today you are members of the service which shoulders this responsibility with commitment and determination.

You have successfully completed your final training sessions at the Naval and Maritime Academy, and today you receive the Commission as Full-Fledged Naval Officers to serve with pride and honour.

I expect all these newly commissioned officers to maintain their discipline and assist the continuous process of making the Sri Lanka Navy a professional and competent institution. But even more importantly to safeguard the Unity, Territorial integrity and Sovereignty of our Country.

In addition to the Navy’s role in protecting our territorial waters, the responsibilities carried during natural disasters are also greatly appreciated. Furthermore, the new challenges of preventing harmful infiltrations from the seas.

I noted with interest that you have completed BSc in Management and Technical Science, Logistics Management, and Social Science and Strategic Studies. Hence, I urge the new recruits to research into innovative modern technology. It is important that you continue to enhance your professionalism and aspire to be leaders of the caliber of your superiors.

This is also an occasion for us to remember with utmost gratitude of those who made the supreme sacrifices in order to safeguard our Motherland. I am confident that the new batch of officers will serve the nation with total commitment and determination displayed by brave officers of the Navy over the years.

I take this opportunity to express my heartfelt appreciation to the parents and loved ones for giving continuous inspiration to these young fresh commissioned officers to serve in the Sri Lanka Naval Force.

I would like to express my commendation for the efforts of the Commandant and the Directing Staff of the Naval and Maritime Academy and KDU, as the foremost institutions in the field in our Country, and acknowledged globally, for imparted knowledge and honed the skills of these young men and women.

Most respected Officers of the Navy, more than the surface of water, the modern day also demands victories in the greater depths of water in the ocean around us.

Trincomalee had been a significant place of historical value running into thousands of years, and strategically located in the mouth of Bay of Bengal. This is one of the largest natural harbours in the world, and is a very special gift of mother nature.

Though we gained independence in 1948, it is pertinent to note that only in 1957 both Trincomalee and Katunayake bases were restored with our nation. Ever since then the principal naval station to the nation from where Sri Lanka Navy has embarked on numerous missions and transformed victories to safeguard national interest.

Please remember that you had been trained in the backdrop of this historical value, hence your future is shaped by the events to discharge duties diligently and with dignity.

In conclusion let me recite a poem from our childhood;

මලේ මලේ තැඹිලිය වැන්න පොල් මලේ
රැලේ රැලේ මූදින් දමන දිය රැලේ
බලේ බලේ රාසිං දෙයියන්නේ බලේ
ගලින් කොටුව බැන්දයි තිරිකුණාමලේ

I wish the new officers the best in their future
And May the blessings of the Noble Triple Gem be with You!