By Rose Kenny
Former Navy Commander Admiral Wasantha Karannagoda and former Air Force Commander Air Chief Marshal Roshan Gunathileke have been awarded the highest honorary military ranks.
President Maithripala Sirisena in an extraordinary gazette notification yesterday (06) announced the awarding of the titles.
Accordingly, Admiral Wasantha Karannagoda, who served as the Commander of the Navy from 2005 to 2009, was promoted to Admiral of the Fleet.
Meanwhile, the honorary rank of Marshal of the Air Force was bestowed upon Air Chief Marshal Roshan Gunathileke. He served as the Commander of the Air Force from 2006 to 2011.
Admiral of the Fleet and Marshal of the Air Force are the foremost honorary ranks awarded to a Naval and Air Force officer during their military career.
The honorary ranks were awarded for their outstanding gallantry, meritorious performances and distinguished service to the nation during the humanitarian operation and defeat of terrorism in Sri Lanka