Vice Admiral Nishantha Ulugetenne was appointed as the 24th Commander of the Sri Lanka Navy by President Gotabaya Rajapaksa today.
He replaces Admiral Piyal De Silva who retired from service today.
An old boy of Royal College, Colombo Vice Admiral Nishantha Ulugetenne joined the Sri Lanka Navy as an Officer Cadet of the 13th Intake in 1985 and underwent basic naval training at the Naval and Maritime Academy, Trincomalee.
He was commissioned as a Sub Lieutenant on 7 January 1987 and was promoted to the rank of Rear Admiral on 1 June 2015.
Vice Admiral Nishantha Ulugetenne specialized in the fields of Gunnery and Missiles and was a key member of the pioneering team that introduced missiles to the Navy Fleet. He also held a range of sea as well as shore appointments during his illustrious career spanning over 35 years.
The senior officer served aboard many Fast Attack Craft and had commanded the prestigious 4th Fast Attack Craft Flotilla, the teeth arm of the Sri Lanka Navy fleet, at the height of the looming terrorist activities. He also took pride in commanding SLNS Nandimithra in 2009, aboard which he was privileged to be its first Weapons Officer and Executive Officer of the same ship earlier.
Apart from that, Vice Admiral Ulugetenne held office as the Director Naval Intelligence for more than three consecutive years just after the humanitarian operation, during which human smuggling had been brought to a substantial halt and the island managed to seal its shores thwarting the influx of narcotics and illegal drugs.
His other shore assignments include Director Naval Weapons, Deputy Area Commander (North), Director General (Services), and Commander Southern Naval Area, Commander Western Naval Area, Commandant Volunteer Naval Force and Deputy Chief of Staff prior being appointed as Chief of Staff of Sri Lanka Navy on 4 May 2019.