Rear Admiral Jagath Ranasinghe USP, psc

MSc(DS) Mgt, MMaritimePol(Aus), PG Dip in CPS, Dip in CR, AFNI(Lond), Justice of the Peace (Whole Island)

Rear Admiral Jagath Ranasinghe joined the Sri Lanka Navy in 1984 as an Officer Cadet and elevated himself to the Rank of Rear Admiral through merit and unblemished service, and the officer has been decorated with “Uttama Seva Padakkama”. Presently, he is the Vice Chancellor, Sir John Kotelawala Defence University. The officer completed his basic Sub Lieutenant Course with Pakistan Navy at PNS Karzaz, PNS Meheran and PNS Bahadur in 1986. He followed higher Naval Training in Pakistan, India, USA, Australia and Bangladesh, and he also specialized in Anti-Submarine Warfare from INS Venduruthy India and in Amphibious Warfare from Marine Expeditionary Unit of Amphibious base Coronado, Sandiago. The Officer earned a Master’s Degree in Maritime Law and Policy from Wollongong University, Australia and another Master’s Degree in Management from General Sir John Kotelawala Defence University, Sri Lanka. Further, he completed a Post Graduate Diploma for Conflict and Peace Studies from Colombo University Sri Lanka with a merit pass.

Key Skills and Achievements


  • Completed and holds a Master’s degree in Maritime Law and Policy from Wollongong University, Australia
  • Completed and holds a Master’s degree in Management from General Sir John Kotelawela Defence University Sri Lanka
  • Completed and holds a Post Graduate Diploma in Peace and Conflict Studies from the University of Colombo and United Nation’s Peace University and obtained a merit pass,
  • Graduated from the Army Command and Staff College, Makola, Sri Lanka
  • Completed and holds a Diploma in Conflict Resolution conducted by the United Nation’s Peace University and Bandaranaike Centre for International Studies.
  • Appointed as a Justice of the Peace for the whole Island by the Ministry of Justice

Appointments held

  • Officer in Command, Fast Attack Craft P 463
  • Commanding officer Offshore Vessel SLNS Parakramabahu
  • Commanding Officer Landing Craft “SLNS Ranagaja”
  • Commanding Officer Fast Gun Boat “Jagatha”
  • Training Captain Naval and Maritime Academy.
  • Chief Instructor – Defence Services Command and Staff College.
  • Director Naval Training of the Sri Lanka Navy
  • Director Naval Policy Planning
  • Commander South Eastern Naval Area
  • Commander Southern Naval Area


1986-1987 Sub Lieutenants Technical Course (Pakistan Navy, Karachchi, Pakistan)
1993-1994 Anti-Submarine and Underwater Sound specialization Course (Indian Navy ASW School, Cochin, India)
2004          Completed Senior Officers Amphibious planning Course, San –Diego, USA
2005          Completed higher Defence Orientation Course at War College MHOW – India
2007          Completed Certificate Course in Diplomacy and International Relations

Research & Publications:
Books/Monographs, Academic Papers Published by the Officer

  • Effectiveness of Fast attack Crafts in policing Coastal Seas of Sri Lanka ( Research Paper for Staff College Graduation – 2003)
  • Strategy to Prevent Poaching by Indian fishermen in Sri Lankan Waters (Research Paper submitted in partial fulfillment of the requirement for the award of MSc. Degree in Management – 2008)
  • Merit Over Seniority on Promotion – Possible conflicts in work place (Paper submitted at the 12th International Conference on Sri Lankan Studies- March 2010)
  • Conflict in the Making – Sethu Samudram Project (Paper submitted to Peace University and BCIS for the Diploma in Conflict Resolution)
  • Bridging the Ends – Peace Building through Post Conflict Operations by Military Forces in Sri Lanka (Paper submitted for KDU Symposium in 2010 and published in the Defence Journal of the University)
  • Strategic Alliances within the Indian Region to deter Maritime Conflicts that may arise from Islands and Choke points (This paper was submitted to Symposium 2011 of Kotelawala Defence University. This was also published in Defense Journal of Kotaalawela Defense University and Business Today Magazine in 2011 September)
  • Peace Building through reconciliation and resettlement : Case study of designing an Ethno relative, Sustainable Model Village ( Paper submitted and published at KDU Symposium in 2012)
  • International Law framework in relation to people Smuggling and it’s ability to combat modern instances of people smuggling (Paper submitted and published at International Maritime Conference held in Pakistan in 2014)