Navy Commander Vice Admiral Sirimevan Sarathchandra Ranasinghe, who is scheduled to retire today (31), has requested Defense Secretary Hemasiri Fernando to allow him to retire without extending his tenure.
He joined the Navy in 1982 as a cadet officer and was later promoted to Commander of Navy post. Sirimevan Ranasinghe has been acting as the Navy Commander since 26th October 2017. When he met with the Defense Secretary yesterday, the Defense Secretary had told him that his tenure can be further extended by six months.
In response the Navy Commander had stated:
“I don’t want a service extension. If you do so, my successor will curse me. He too must become the Navy Commander. If I accept another service extension, several officers will lose promotions.”
The Navy Commander had further stated: “We have to leave this position someday. We must not qualified officers lose their place. It would set a bad example.”
The Navy Commander had requested the Defense Secretary to allow him to retire today.
The Defense Secretary had been amazed by the Navy Commanders’ remarks, because other military heads request for service extensions before the Defense Secretary and President without any hesitation whatsoever.