Military ranks and insignia of the Sri Lanka Navy


The following tables present the military ranks and insignia of the Sri Lanka Navy. These ranks are similar to Royal Naval officer ranks and the ratings ranks. Sri Lanka does have an Admiral rank, but it is usually only awarded to the Chief of Defence Staff (CDS) or as an honorary rank; Admiral Wasantha Karannagoda was the only Sri Lankan naval officer to hold a full admiral rank while in active service.[1]

Officer ranks

Rank group General/flag officers Field/senior officers Junior officers Officer cadet
 Sri Lanka Navy[2]
15-Sri Lanka Navy-ADM.svgBritish Royal Navy (sleeves) OF-9.svg 14-Sri Lanka Navy-VADM.svgBritish Royal Navy (sleeves) OF-8.svg 13-Sri Lanka Navy-RADM.svgBritish Royal Navy (sleeves) OF-7.svg British Royal Navy (sleeves) OF-6.svg British Royal Navy (sleeves) OF-5.svg British Royal Navy (sleeves) OF-4.svg British Royal Navy (sleeves) OF-3.svg British Royal Navy (sleeves) OF-2.svg British Royal Navy (sleeves) OF-1b.svg British Royal Navy (sleeves) OF-1b.svg Sri Lanka-Navy-OF-(D).svg
Admiral Vice admiral Rear admiral Commodore Captain Commander Lieutenant commander Lieutenant Sub-lieutenant Acting Sub-lieutenant Midshipman


Officers are assigned to a branch of the service based on their specialization. Officers of non-executive branches wear a distinction cloth worn between the stripes of a particular colour (with the exception of the Band and Provost branch):[2]

  • Scarlet - Engineering
  • Orange – Medical
  • White - Logistics
  • Dark green - Electrical
  • Silver grey - Shipwrights
  • Blue - Information Technology
  • Brown - Naval Patrolman
  • Purple - Legal

Other ranks

Rank group Senior NCOs Junior NCOs Enlisted
 Sri Lanka Navy[2]
Sri Lanka-Navy-OR-9.svg Sri Lanka-Navy-OR-8.svg Sri Lanka-Navy-OR-7.svg Sri Lanka-Navy-OR-6.svg Sri Lanka-Navy-OR-4.svg No insignia No insignia
Master chief petty officer Fleet chief petty officer Chief petty officer Petty officer Leading seaman Able seaman Seaman recruit

Trade branch of sailors

See also


  1. ^ "Three Service Commanders promoted". The Government of Sri Lanka. 19 May 2009. Archived from the original on 26 July 2011. Retrieved 8 July 2018.
  2. ^ a b c "Branches/ Ranks". Sri Lanka Navy. Retrieved 24 September 2021.

External links

  • Sri Lanka Navy
  • Ministry of Defence, Public Security, Law & Order - Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka
  • Sri Lanka Navy, Branches / Ranks