Naval spectacle cum exhibition under the theme ‘It’s Your Navy’ held at Galle Face Green

In parallel with the 72nd Independence Day celebrations held at the Independence Square today (04th February 2020), the Navy organized a magnificent naval spectacle and exhibition under the theme ‘It’s Your Navy’, at the Galle Face Green.

On the sidelines of the Independence Day celebrations, the Navy has organized this naval spectacle and an exhibition at the Galle Face Green and off its shores for the first time, following an idea mooted by Commander of the Navy, Vice Admiral Piyal De Silva. A large crowd of people came to visit this naval exhibition organized under the theme ‘It’s Your Navy’.

The exhibition gave a rare opportunity for the spectators to see Advanced Offshore Patrol Vessels belonging to the Navy being anchored off Galle Face and to catch the live action broadcast from the onboard ships, for the first time.

The prime motive of this naval spectacle to educate the general public on the Corporate Social Responsibility projects of the Navy and the programmes which are currently underway in line with the Green and Blue Drive of the Sri Lanka Navy. Accordingly, the general public was able to be informed of turtle conservation, plastic recycling, protecting the coastal ecosystem, reverse osmosis plant project, the role of the navy in the treatment of thalassemia patients, ornaments produced by plastic recycling and vessels manufactured by the Navy. The exhibition also included a stall to exhibit Navy’s ranks and rank, facilitating the public to obtain information on recruitment.

Apart from that, the public was also eager to see the spectacular boat display, lifesaving exercises performed by the Navy's Rapid Response Rescue and Relief Unit (4RU), sailing competition, Jet Ski riding, boat show by the Special Boat Squadron and ‘Angampora’ display performed by naval personnel at the Galle Face Green premises.

This rare yet exciting naval spectacle cum exhibition was attended by Commander of the Navy, Vice Admiral Piyal De Silva, Chief of Staff of the Navy, Director General Operations, Commander Western Naval Area, senior officers and a large group of sailors as well.