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President sets trend, son to join Navy

President Mahinda Rajapakse’s second son Yoshitha Rajapakse, Thursday faced a preliminary test at Welisara navy base. "It will be the first in several tests," a military spokesman said adding, "If successful, he would be joining the executive branch of the Sri Lanka Navy (SLN).

The Thomian ruggerite was among a group of candidates who faced the aptitude test at the base north of Colombo.

Successful candidates would join the service as cadet officers and once they complete the required training would be commissioned as Acting Sub Lieutenants.

Yoshitha recently received the nod from the President to join the SLN. Yoshitha’s Grandfather E. P. Wickremesinghe had held the rank of Commander and at the time of retirement had been the third or fourth in the line of command.

A senior navy spokesman said that this would definitely help the ongoing recruitment drive to strengthen the SLN. The armed forces are engaged in a major effort to attract youth as security forces clash with the LTTE on several fronts with the focus on a campaign to weaken Sea Tigers.

"We are proud to have a son of President Rajapakse in our ranks," the officer said, expressing the belief that this would be an example to other parents and an encouragement to youth.

The SLN inflicted considerable losses on Sea Tigers since last May when they made an abortive bid to target a passenger vessel carrying over 700 off duty personnel to Kankesanthurai. The SLN also thwarted several attempts to smuggle in arms, ammunition and equipment with the September 16 attack on a large vessel over 100 nautical miles off Kalmunai being the biggest recent detection in the high seas. However SLN victories did not come cheap.

Courtesy:     The Island

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November 26, 2006 - Posted by | Media Journalism, South Asia

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