Navy Commander visiting Pakistan:
Boosting Naval ties
Navy Commander Vice Admiral D W A S Dissanayake along with a
delegation of four members is on an official visit to Pakistan from June
11 - 16 undertaken on the invitation extended by Pakistan Chief of Naval
Staff Admiral Mohammad Asif Sandila.
D W A S Dissanayake
Mohammad Asif Sandila
He will visit various Naval establishments in Karachi including the
ship and small crafts manufacturing factories, Naval War College at
Lahore and the equipment manufacturing industries at Taxila.
A formal reception will also be held in his honour at the Naval
Headquarters in Islamabad.
Vice Admiral D W A S Dissanayake will hold talks with his counterpart
in Islamabad for future collaboration. He will also call on Defence
Minister and Chairman JCSC General Khalid Shameem Wynne.
The visit of the Navy Commander is of immense importance especially
after the war in Sri Lanka and there is a requirement to build on
relations of strategic value between the two friendly countries in the
new and developing regional environment.
Vice Admiral D. W. A. S. Dissanayake was promoted to the 3-star rank
of Vice Admiral and was appointed as the New Commander of the Sri Lanka
Navy on January 15, 2011 by President Mahinda Rajapaksa.
Since independence, Sri Lanka and Pakistan have consistently
maintained close, cordial and mutually supportive relations especially
in the field of defence. Both nations have assisted each other during
testing times in their histories.
Pakistan and Sri Lanka have comprehensive and mutually beneficial
training collaboration for Army, Navy and Air Force.