Independence Day Sparks National Pride as Naval Gun Battery Fires



Sri Lanka celebrated its 76th Nationwide Independence Day with the theme “Let’s construct a brand new nation” right this moment (04th February 2024). As a part of the celebration, the Sri Lanka Navy paid tribute to the nation with a 25-Gun Salute on board the Sri Lanka Naval Ship (SLNS) Sayura at midday. This ceremonial custom was carried out in adherence to express directives from Vice Admiral Priyantha Perera, the Commander of the Navy, and underneath the steering of Captain Luxman Amarasinghe, the Commanding Officer of the ship.

A Gun Salute is considered as a gesture of respect, and the utmost honour of a 25-gun salute is completely reserved for the nation. Adhering to this long-standing custom, the Sri Lanka Navy carried out this ceremonial tribute from SLNS Sayura in alignment with the 76th Independence Day celebrations. This particular occasion was additionally broadcast reside by way of digital media.

The customized stems from naval custom within the 14th century, the place warships had been firing their cannons indicating they had been successfully disarmed, to indicate the shortage of hostile intent in direction of the opposition. The identical gesture has been reciprocated by cannon in coastal fortifications, to point the incoming ship that they’re defused. It has grow to be a customized over time.

In 1948, the Royal Navy had fired a 15- Gun Salute on the Galle Face Inexperienced on the primary Independence Day. Within the following yr, it had been executed on board HMCyS ‘Vijaya’ utilizing one cannon. Commencing from 1948, the Navy has uninterruptedly carried out this army honour on the Galle Face initially, and on board ships in addition to at Galle Buck Bay and Colombo Lighthouse subsequently.

On the 73rd Independence Day (2021), the Sri Lanka Navy honored the nation by in accordance a 25-gun-salute on board SLNS Samudura and on the 74th Independence Day (2022) on board SLNS Gajabahu. Final yr (2023) the time-honored naval customized was carried out onboard SLNS Gajabahu for the seventy fifth Independence Day.

Historically, the primary mast of a ship is dressed with naval sign flags when a Gun Salute honor is offered. Accordingly, to arrange the vessel with flags for this ceremonial event, the primary mast of SLNS Sayura had been dressed with sign flags denoting the phrase ’25 Gun Salutes for the Nation’.

Bursts of gunfire offered from 4 47mm weapons fitted onboard SLNS Sayura hire the air within the metropolis of Colombo, rekindling the nationwide spirits. In the meantime, the gunfire social gathering comprised Commanding Officer SLNS Sayura Captain Luxman Amarasinghe, Govt Officer Commander Liyanage Viraj and Gunnery Officer, Lieutenant Commander WMCP Witharana.


Sri Lanka celebrated its 76th Nationwide Independence Day with the theme “Let’s construct a brand new nation.” As a part of the celebration, the Sri Lanka Navy paid tribute to the nation with a 25-Gun Salute on board the Sri Lanka Naval Ship (SLNS) Sayura. This custom, which dates again to the 14th century, is an emblem of respect and honor and is completely reserved for the nation. The Navy has been performing this army honor because the nation’s first Independence Day in 1948. The gunfire social gathering on SLNS Sayura included the Commanding Officer, Govt Officer, and Gunnery Officer. The occasion was broadcast reside by way of digital media.

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