Chief of Sri Lankan Navy, Vice Admiral Ravindra Wijegunaratne, will be the
chief guest and the reviewing officer at the passing out of the Spring Term
2017 batch at the Indian Naval Academy (INA), at Ezhimala in the district, to
be held on May 27.
This is the first time that a foreign naval chief becomes the reviewing
officer at the passing out parade of Indian Naval Academy, said the INA
authorities in an official press release
A total of 338 cadets from four passing out courses, 92nd Indian Naval
Academy Course (BTech), 92nd Indian Naval Academy Course (MSc), 23rd Naval
Orientation Course (Extended) and 24th Naval Orientation Course (Regular), will
pass out this time. This includes 25 female cadets and also two international
cadets - one from Tanzania and other from Benin.
Referring to the naval cooperation between India and Sri Lanka, the Indian
Naval Authorities said the cooperation has been traditionally strong,
encompassing a wide range of issues.
Vice Admiral Ravindra Wijegunaratne did his sub lieutenant technical
course, specialization course in Anti Submarine Warfare and National Defence
College course in India. He was the Defence Adviser at the Sri Lanka High
Commission in New Delhi from November 2000 to April 2004.