|Sri Lanka Navy|
The Commander of the Navy is the professional head of the Sri Lanka Navy. The current Commander of the Navy is Vice Admiral Jayanath Colombage (appointed on 27 September 2012). It is a position comparable to that of First Sea Lord of the Royal Navy or Chief of Naval Operations in the United States Navy.
The Post of Captain of the Navy was created in the Navy Act of 1950 when the Royal Ceylon Navy was created 9 December 1950 as the head of the navy.
In 1972 the "Dominion of Ceylon" became the "Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka" and the Royal Ceylon Navy became the Sri Lanka Navy. The post "Captain of the Navy" was changed to "Commander of the Navy", in keeping with the terminology adopted by the other two services.
|1||Captain||W.E. Banks||December 2, 1950||November 25, 1951||CBE, DSC|
|2||Captain||J.R.S. Brown||November 26, 1951||June 14, 1953|
|3||Commodore||P.M.B. Chavasse||June 15, 1953||November 7, 1955||DSC|
|4||Rear Admiral||G.R.M. De Mel||August 15, 1955||November 15, 1960||OBE, ADC|
|5||Rear Admiral||Rajan Kadiragamar||November 16, 1960||July 1, 1970||MVO, ADC|
|6||Rear Admiral||D.V. Hunter||July 2, 1970||May 21, 1972|
|7||Rear Admiral||D.V. Hunter||May 22, 1972||March 31, 1973|
|8||Admiral||Deshamanya Basil Gunasekara||April 1, 1973||May 31, 1979|
|9||Admiral||A.W.H. Perera||June 1, 1979||May 31, 1983||VSV|
|10||Vice Admiral||Asoka de Silva||June 1, 1983||October 31, 1986||VSV|
|11||Admiral||H.A. Silva||November 1, 1986||October 31, 1991||VSV|
|12||Admiral||W.W.E.Clancy Fernando†||November 1, 1991||November 16, 1992||VSV|
|13||Admiral||D.A.M.R. Samarasekara||November 16, 1992||November 27, 1997||VSV, USP|
|14||Admiral||H.C.A.C. Thisera||January 28, 1997||December 31, 2000||VSV, USP|
|15||Admiral||D.W.K Sandagiri, JP||January 1, 2001||August 31, 2005||VSV, USP|
|16||Admiral||Wasantha Karannagoda||September 1, 2005||July 15, 2009||RSP, VSV, USP|
|17||Admiral||Thisara Samarasinghe||July 15, 2009||January 15, 2011||RSP, VSV, USP|
|18||Vice Admiral||D.W.A.S. Dissanayake||January 15, 2011||September 27, 2012||WV, RSP & Bar, VSV, USP|
|19||Vice Admiral||Jayanath Colombage||September 27, 2012||RSP, VSV, USP|
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