Former service chiefs promoted
Nine former armed forces commanders have been promoted by President Mahinda Rajapaksa, after they retired from service. The promotions were gazetted two weeks ago.
The former security forces commanders who received promotions were: former Army Commanders Lt. General Denis Perera and Lt. Gen. Nalin Seneviratne who were promoted to the rank of General, former Navy Commanders Rear Admirals Basil Gunesekera and Henry Perera promoted to the rank of Admirals and five former Air Force Commanders, Air vice Marshals Paddy Mendis, Harry Goonetilleke, Dick Perera, Oliver Ranasinghe and Jayalath Weerakkody were promoted to the rank of Air chief Marshal.
The names had been recommended by commanders of the relevant forces.