SLNS Parakrama

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SLNS Parakrama
Colombo, Western Province
Type Naval Headquarters
Site information
Controlled by Sri Lanka Navy
Site history
In use 1940's – present

SLNS Parakrama is a Sri Lanka Navy shore establishment sited on Flagstaff Street in Colombo, in close proximity to the Colombo Lighthouse. It functions as the naval headquarters of the Navy. In this capacity it has the offices of the Commander of the Navy, Chief of Staff, the Board of Management (BOM) and Board of Directors (BOD) of the Sri Lanka Navy. All naval operations are directed from SLNS Parakrama. The base was formerly known as HMCyS Parakrama prior to 1972 and traces it establishment to World War II when the Royal Navy first established a shore establishment HMS Lanka.

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