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Military ranks and insignia of the Sri Lanka Navy

The following tables present the military ranks and insignia of the Sri Lanka Navy. These ranks generally correspond with those of Western or Commonwealth Nations militaries, and reflect those of the British warrant officer, non-commissioned officer and enlisted ranks and the Commissioned officer ranks. Sri Lanka does have the admiral(1) rank, but it is only awarded to the Chief of Defence Staff (CDS) or as an honorary rank. But after eradicating the LTTE terrorism, the then Commander of the Navy, Vice Admiral Wasantha Karannagoda was promoted to the rank of admiral in recognition of his service.

Commissioned officer ranks

NATO Code OF-9(1) OF-8 OF-7 OF-6 OF-5 OF-4 OF-3 OF-2 OF-1 OF-D
 Sri Lanka
Title Admiral
Vice admiral
(Lieutenant general)
Rear admiral
(Major general)
(Lieutenant colonel)


Acting sub-

(2nd lieutenant)
Abbreviation Adm VAdm RAdm Cmde Capt Cdr Lt Cdr Lt SLt ASLt Mid
  • 1 Awarded only when selected as Chief of Defence Staff.

Warrant officer, non commissioned officer and enlisted ranks (other ranks)

NATO Code OR-8 OR-7 OR-6 OR-5 OR-4 OR-3 OR-2 OR-1
 Sri Lanka No Insignia
Title Master chief petty officer Fleet chief petty officer Chief petty officer Petty officer Leading rate Able rate Ordinary rate Recruit

See also


  • Army, Sri Lanka. (1st Edition - October 1999). "50 YEARS ON" - 1949-1999, Sri Lanka Army. ISBN 955-8089-02-8
  • Sri Lanka Navy, Ranks and Rates

External links

  • Sri Lanka Navy
  • Ministry of Defence, Public Security, Law & Order - Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka
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