Vice Admiral Piyal De Silva – the 23rd Commander of the Navy


Vice Admiral Piyal De Silva appointed as the 23rd Commander of the Navy 

Rear Admiral Piyal De Silva, on being promoted to the rank of Vice Admiral, was appointed as the 23rd Commander of the Sri Lanka Navy by His Excellency Maithripala Sirisena, the President and Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces with effect from 1st Jan 2019.

Vice Admiral Piyal De Silva is a proud product of Dharmasoka College Ambalangoda and joined the Sri Lanka Navy in the Executive Branch as an Officer Cadet of the 12th Intake in 1984. On successful completion of basic training, he was commissioned as a Sub Lieutenant in the Navy on 11th February 1986. Moving up in rank over the years, he was promoted to the rank of Rear Admiral on 01st November 2012. He is a veteran in Explosive Ordnance Disposal Diving.

In recognition of his services rendered to the Motherland in battle, Vice Admiral Silva has been awarded the Weera Wickrama Vibushanaya (WWV) twice, Rana Wikrama Padakkama (RWP) and Rana Sura Padakkama (RSP) for gallantry, Vishishta Seva Vibhushanaya (VSV) and Uttama Seva Padakkama (USP) for exemplary conduct and a tally of medals. He has a Master’s Degree in Business Administration and Human Resource Management and also possess a Master of Defence and Strategic Studies. Further, he followed his National Defence Course at the National Defence University in China. Being an avid sportsman, Vice Admiral Silva has been twice adjudged the Best Sportsman of the Sri Lanka Navy. He was a member of the National basketball team at South Asian and Asian Basketball Tournaments on several occasions.


Vice Admiral Piyal De Silva held the post of the Chief of Staff of the Navy, prior to being appointed as the New Navy Commander. Apart from holding other command appointments, the new Navy Commander is a battle hardened Officer who has Commanded the elite Special Boat Squadron (SBS) and Diving Unit of the Sri Lanka Navy on crucial occasions.

We wish the new Navy Commander all the very best in all his future endeavours!


Info: Courtesy of the navy web