ECONOMYNEXT – Sri Lanka’s President Gotabaya Rajapaksa had promoted army chief Shavendra Silva to a four star general effective from December 28.
He was previously a Lieutenant General. General Silva is Chief of Defence Staff and Commander of the Army.
He also heads Sri Lanka’s National Operations Centre for Prevention of COVID-19 Outbreak (NOCPCO)
He was appointed as the 23rd Commander of the Sri Lanka Army on 18 August 2019, with the rank of Lieutenant General while he was serving as the Chief of Staff of the Sri Lanka Army. He was appointed Chief of Defence Staff on January 02, 2020.
He had served as the Adjutant General at the Army Headquarters and several other distinguished offices.
A graduate of the Sri Lanka Military Academy, he was enlisted to the Regular Intake 19 of the Army on 5 March 1984 after school. H captained the first 11 cricket team in the St Thomas’ College and the College’s Cadet Platoon, Cadetting Band before he became the Head Prefect of the College.
He was commissioned on November 16, 1985 and was posted to the Gajaba Regiment as the first-ever Gajaba Regiment Officer to be originally posted to the Regiment since its inception.
Soon after the Commanding Officer made him a Platoon Commander in a Company of Special Service Group (SSG) which later was developed to be a Rapid Deployment Force (RDF) which is now known as Special Forces (SF). (Colombo/Dec29/2020)