Hon. Ranil Wickremesinghe, the President and Commander - in - Chief of the Armed Forces of
Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka appointed Vice Admiral Priyantha Perera RSP **, USP,
ndu, psc as the 25th Commander of the Sri Lanka Navy on 18th December 2022, after elevating him to the
rank of three-star Admiral.
Vice Admiral Priyantha Perera is a proud product of the Royal College, Colombo. He joined the Sri
Lanka Navy Executive Branch in 1987 as an Officer Cadet of the 05th Intake of General Sir John Kotelawala
Defence University. He was awarded the ‘Sword of Honour’ for the best in the batch upon successful
completion of naval training from the Naval and Maritime Academy, Trincomalee. He was commissioned
in the rank of Acting Sub Lieutenant in 1989 and graduated from General Sir John Kotelawala Defence
University with a Bachelor of Arts Degree (Defence Studies) with honours.
In pursuing academics, he completed a Post Graduate Diploma in International Relations at the
Bandaranaike Centre for International Studies, and was also conferred with a Master’s in Science Degree
(Defence Studies) in Management from General Sir John Kotelawala Defence University. He also holds a
Master’s Degree of Maritime Policy with distinctions from the University of Wollongong, Australia.
Additionally, in terms of professional progress he has obtained specialization in Clearance Diving from the
Indian Naval Diving Training School and in Principle Warfare from the Pakistan Navy. He is an alumnus
of the US Naval War College, where he passed the US Naval Staff Course, and National Defence University
of People’s Liberation Army, People’s Republic of China, having attended Defence and Strategic Studies
Course in 2018-19 and conferred with a Master of Military Sciences Strategic Studies.
He has rendered more than thirty-five years of distinguished service to the Sri Lanka Navy with a
reputation of a dedicated, professionally competent and an inspiring leader. His illustrious career has been
enriched with vast experience gained, in various capacities, and he has held command at sea and earned
victories in battle as a Squadron Commander in the prestigious 4th Fast Attack Flotilla, the teeth arm of the
Sri Lanka Navy fleet, as well as a Group Commander in the Special Boat Squadron at the height of terrorist
activities. He is also one of the Commanding Officers who led the Special Boat Squadron of the Navy and
has been the Officer in Charge of Naval Diving and Salvage Unit, spearheading some crucial salvage work.
At sea he has commanded a series of Fast Attack Craft, Fast Gun Boats, Landing Craft, Fast Passenger
Craft, Sa’ar 4 Class Fast Missile Vessel and his last command at sea was SLNS Sagara, an Offshore Patrol
His key shore appointments include the Commandant SLNS Shiksha, the main recruit training center
of SLN, Director Naval Training, Director Naval Operations, Director Naval Foreign Cooperation, Director
Maritime Special Forces, Head of the Naval Research Wing, Deputy Area Commander North Central Naval
Area, Commander Southern Naval Area, Commander Northern Naval Area, Deputy Chief of Staff and
finally the Chief of Staff of the Sri Lanka Navy.
Vice Admiral Priyantha Perera is a recipient of Rana Soora Padakkama (RSP) thrice for conspicuous
display of gallantry in combat and Uttama Seva Padakkama (USP) for unblemished service and devotion to
duty. He has been commended by former Commanders of the Navy eight times for his leadership and
professional conduct in handing challenging circumstances and tasks.
His prowess in sports is versatile ranging from aquatic sports of swimming, water polo, windsurfing,
kayaking and speed boating to adventure, cycling, musketry, fencing and archery among others. He holds
the record of being the first to circumnavigate Sri Lanka in a sea kayak and formerly held office as General
Secretary of National Association of Canoeing and Kayaking in Sri Lanka, working diligently to promote
paddle sport in the country. He is also an International Technical Official in Canoe Sprint and Dragon Boat
discipline of International Canoe Federation and a qualified level one coach in canoeing
Vice Admiral Priyantha Perera is married to Mrs. Mala Lamahewa and they are blessed with two
sons Sachith (24) and Shamal (21)