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Shavendra Silva

General. Shavendra Silva

Chief of Defence Staff And Commander Of The Army, Head of the National Operation Centre for Prevention of COVID 19 Outbreak


General Shavendra Silva WWV RWP RSP VSV USP ndc psc MPhil was appointed as the 23rd Commander of the Sri Lanka Army, with effective from 18 August 2019and subsequently as the Chief of Defense Staff on 01 January 2020. In recognition of his exceptional sacrifices and distinguished service towards the Nation, General Shavendra Silva was promoted to the four-star rank on28 December 2020.In addition, he also serves as the Colonel of the Regiment of Gajaba Regiment and Special Forces.

He was enlisted in the Regular Intake 19 of the Sri Lanka Army on 05 March 1984 soon after his bright school days at St Thomas’ College, Matale and was commissioned on 16 November 1985, after successful completion of military training at Sri Lanka Military Academy, Diyatalawa. He holds the pride as the first-ever Gajaba Regiment Officer to be originally posted to the Regiment since its inception.

He has had an illustrious career from the rank of Second Lieutenant to General and steadily elevated in the chain of command, covering all the salient appointments in the domains of staff, instructional, command and diplomatic. Key appointments he held during his career included Chiefof Staff of the Sri Lanka Army, Colonel of the Regiment of Commando Regiment, Adjutant General and Director General Operations of the Army Headquarters.

General Shavendra Silva is a battle-hardened Infantry Officer who possesses a legacy in commanding the victorious 58 Division along with the Commando Brigade which recorded the highest number of successful achievements during the Wanni Humanitarian Operation. In the aftermath of the war in 2009, he reached a landmark achievement in the history and was fortunate to be the youngest ever to be promoted to the rank of Major General in the Sri Lanka Army. Subsequently, he commanded the 53 Division, also known as country’s Reserve Strike Force (RSF).

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Speeches by General. Shavendra Silva

Jun 08, 2021

9:30 AM - 10:00 AM

Managing the Pandemic - Protecting Life, Livelihoods and Economic Momentum

Jun 08, 2021

8:30 PM - 9:00 PM

Managing the Pandemic - Protecting Life, Livelihoods and Economic Momentum