Commander KPNG Kariyawasam
Commander Gayanga Kariyawasam was educated at St.Anthony’s college, Baddegama and joined the Sri Lanka Navy as an officer cadet of 29th Intake on 15th December 1997. He underwent his basic training at the Naval and Maritime Academy, Trincomalee. He obtained his Diploma in Information technology at Kothalawala Defence University in 2012, and he completed National Diploma in Occupational health and safety at the National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health in 2018.
He specialized in Marksmanship and successfully completed his long sniper course at Sri Lanka Army Sniper training school, Diyathalawa in year 2006. And also he is a qualified Marksmanship Coacher, Paratrooper and Life Saver. Further, he followed Young Officer course at Army Infantry Training School in Mahow, India in 2010 and junior Command course in 2015 at the Army War College, Mahow, India. Considering the Excellent Marksmanship performance, He was selected to follow the sniper course at Shijiazhuang mechanized infantry Academy, China in 2016 and he has achieved Gold Medal as first grade sniper in the course.
He played immense value role to establish Naval Marksmanship and Sniper Training School at Naval and Maritime Academy, Trincomalee in 2006. Inspired by the acquired profound academic and practical knowledge , he was able to design a Marksmanship Course and a practical pistol shooting course as the first officer in charge of established Naval Marksmanship and Sniper Training School.
He is an outstanding marksman who represented the Navy Shooting Team,won Navy colours for shooting in 2008.
Commander Kariyawasm is married to Anushka, and they are blessed with a son and a daughter.