President appoints new Chief of Defence Staff

President Maithripala Sirisena appointed Vice Admiral Ravindra Wijegunaratne as the new Chief of Defence Staff (CDS).

After being promoted to the rank of Admiral, he is scheduled to take over duties of the new office from General Crishantha de Silva, tomorrow (22nd Aug.).


Vice Admiral Wijegunaratne will become the second Navy Chief to chair the CDS Office. He will also be the 7th Commander from the tri-services to share this honour. The CDS is the highest ranking military officer in the Sri Lankan Armed Forces.

Vice Admiral Wijegunaratne joined the Sri Lanka Navy as an officer cadet of the 9th Intake on 1st November 1980 at the age of 18.