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Medals

PARAMA WEERA VIBHUSHANAYA

Parama Weera Vibhushanaya (Supreme Heroism Decoration), is the highest Sri Lankan military decoration equivalent to the ‘British Victoria Cross’ (which was the highest decoration in the Ceylon Army till 1972), or ‘Medal of Honour’ of the United States. It is ordained that the Decoration shall be granted to all ranks of the Regular and Volunteer Forces of the Army, Navy and Air Force of the Republic of Sri Lanka for Individual acts of gallantry and conspicuous bravery of the most exceptional order in the face of the enemy performed voluntarily whilst on active service and with no regard to the risk of his own life and security with the objective of safeguarding there by the lives of his comrades or facilitating the operational aim of his force and are recommended by the Commander of the Army, the Commander of the Navy or the Commander of the Air Force to receive the award. Recipient of the decoration will be entitled to use the symbol ‘PWV’ after his/her name.

WEERODARA VIBHUSHANAYA

It is ordained that the Decoration shall be granted to all ranks of the Regular and Volunteer Forces of the Army, Navy and Air Force of the Republic of Sri Lanka for Individual acts of gallantry and conspicuous bravery of a non-military nature of the most exceptional order performed voluntarily with no regard to his own life and security with the objective of saving or safeguarding the life or lives of a person or personnel imperiled by death or for a meritorious act or a series of acts of a humane nature of an exceptional order displayed in saving life from drowning, fire and rescue operations in mines, floods and similar calamities under circumstances of grave bodily injury or great danger to the life of the rescuer and are recommended by the Commander of the Army, the Commander of the Navy or the Commander of the Air Force to receive the award. Recipient of the decoration will be eligible to use the symbol ‘WV’ after his name.

WEERA WICKRAMA VIBHUSHANAYA

It is ordained that the Decoration shall be granted to all ranks of the Regular and Volunteer Forces of the Army, Navy and Air Force of the Republic of Sri Lanka for Individual acts of gallantry and conspicuous bravery of a military nature of a high order in the face of the enemy performed voluntarily whilst on active service without regard for his own security with the objective of safeguarding thereby the lives of his comrades or facilitating the operational aim of his force or for a meritorious act or a series of acts of a humane nature of a high order displayed in saving life from drowning, fire and rescue operations in mines, floods and similar calamities under circumstances of bodily injury or danger to the life of the rescuer as recommended by the Commander of the Army, the Commander of the Navy or the Commander of the Air Force to receive the award. The recipient of the decoration will be eligible to use the symbol ‘WWV’ after his name.

RANA WICKRAMA PADAKKAMA

It is ordained that the Decoration shall be granted to all ranks of the Army, Navy and Air Force of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka for Individual or associated acts of bravery in the face of the enemy and performed voluntarily and are recommended by the Commander of the Army, the Commander of the Navy or the Commander of the Air Force to receive the award. Recipient of the decoration will be entitled to use the symbol ‘RWP’ after his/her name.

RANA SURA PADAKKAMA

It is ordained that the Decoration shall be granted to all ranks of the Army, Navy and Air Force of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka for distinguished conduct in the face of the enemy and are recommended by the Commander of the Army, the Commander of the Navy or the Commander of the Air Force to receive the award. Recipient of the decoration will be entitled to use the symbol ‘RSP’ after his/her name.

VISHISTA SEVA VIBUSHANAYA

It is ordained that the Decoration shall be granted to Senior Officers of the Regular Force of the Army, Navy and Air Force of the Republic of Sri Lanka for exceptional, distinguished and loyal service provided they count not less than twenty-five years of service and possess an unblemished record of moral and military conduct. Recipient of the decoration will be entitled to use the symbol ‘VSV’ after his/her name.

UTTHAMA SEVA PADAKKAMA

It is ordained that the medal shall be granted to all ranks of the Regular Force of the Army, Navy and Air Force of the Republic of Sri Lanka for valuable service and devotion to duty marked by exceptional ability, merit and exemplary conduct provided they completed a period of not less than fifteen years reckonable service and possess an unblemished record of moral and military conduct as at the date of recommendation is made. Recipient of the medal will be entitled to use the symbol ‘USP’ after his/her name

VIDESHA SEVA PADAKKAMA

It is ordained that the medal shall be granted to all ranks of the Regular and Volunteer Forces of the Army, Navy and Air Force of the Republic of Sri Lanka for active service outside the territorial limits of the Island provided such service is connected with active service in foreign military missions or campaigns in the defence of Sri Lanka or for services connected with military or peace keeping operations conducted under the auspices of the United Nations Organization.

THE REPUBLIC OF SRI LANKA ARMED SERVICE MEDAL - 1972

The medal shall be awarded to all ranks of the Regular Force and of the Army, Navy and Air Force including Officers but excluding those in the ranks of the Sri Lanka Cadet Crops who were in service on the 22 May 1972 and who were recommended by the Commander of the Army, Navy or Air Force to receive the award.

DESHA PUTRA SAMMANAYA

It is ordained that the Decoration shall be granted to all ranks of the Army, Navy and Air Force of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka who are wounded whilst on operation by enemy action and such injury is classified at least as ‘moderately severe’ by the medical authorities or are killed as a consequence of such injury of enemy action and are recommended by the Commander of the Army, the Commander of the Navy or the Commander of the Air Force to receive the award.

NORTH AND EAST OPERATION MEDAL

It is ordained that the medal shall be granted to all Military personnel who have served for an accumulated period of 3 years in the below mentioned areas since 23rd July 1983 to 01 January 2010.

  • Districts of Jafna, Vavunia, Kilinochchi, Mullative, Mannar, Batticaloa, Trincomalee and Ampara.
  • Divisional Secretaries Divisions of Nochchiyagama, Nuwaragampalatha (Central) and Wilachchiya of Anuradhapura District.
  • Divisional Secretaries Divisions of Kalpitiya, Wanathawilluwa and Karuwalagaswewa of Puttalam District.
  • Divisional Secretaries Divisions of Dimbulagala ana Kankapura of Polonnaruwa District.
  • RIVIRASA CAMPAIGN SERVICE MEDAL

    It is ordained that the medal shall be awarded to the Deputy Minister of Defence, Service Commanders, Inspector General of Police, all military personnel in active service, along with civilian doctors and their staff, police personnel, civilians who were employed by the services and took part actively in the execution of the operation Rivirasa 1 during the period of 17 October 1995 to 6 December 1995. Clasp shall be awarded to the Deputy Minister of Defence, Service Commanders, IGP and military personnel who have taken part in combat, fire support, logistic, medical, planning, directions or any other allied activities during the operation Rivirasa in the Jaffna Peninsula and other areas as per the operation orders for not less than 25 days during specified period. In the case of combat casualties of the Army, Navy and the Air Force the time stipulation of 25 days is not applicable provided however that the person become a casualty within the specified period.