Cmde D N S C Kalubowila RWP & Bar RSP & Bar USP psn MMaritimePol(Aus) MSc(DS) Mgt BSc (Hons) (WS) Dip in IR
Commodore Noel Shantha Chitrananda Kalubowila joined Sri Lanka Navy in 1986 as an officer cadet from the Executive Branch and underwent training at the premier Naval training institute of Sri Lanka Navy, the Naval & Maritime Academy, Trincomalee. He got commissioned as an Acting Sub Lieutenant in 1988.
During his illustrious military career of 31 years, he has held various prestigious appointments locally and abroad. Commodore Noel Kalubowila was fortunate to command all versions of Sri Lanka Navy war ships and large shore establishments. Further, he has also held staff appointments at various levels in Navy Headquarters and in Area Commands. Among the key appointments he had held during recent times were Director Naval Project & Plans and Director Maritime Cooperation. He was also appointed as Commandant of SLN Vidura (Naval Training Institute) and Deputy Area Commander for North Western Naval Area in 2016.
Commodore Noel Kalubowila is a very famous war hero and one of the very few senior war veterans remaining in Sri Lanka Navy. He had shown extreme valour throughout the war against Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) and his contribution during Humanitarian operation was commended by his seniors. He has held the significant appointments of Commanding Officer of Fast Passenger Craft Jetliner and Commanding Officer of 4th Fast Attack Craft Flotilla during the final phase of the Humanitarian War. His role at sea was pivotal to achieve some of the victories against LTTE.
For his active involvement during the war; he was awarded with the gallantry medals of Rana Wickham Padakkama (RWP), 4 times and Rana Sura Padakkama (RSP), 3 times. Further, he is also a recipient of Uttama Seva Padakkama (USP) for his unblemished record of service at Sri Lanka Navy. Due to his service excellence; he was awarded with Commander of the Navy’s Commendation badge, 4 times. He is also in possession of Fast Attack Craft Squadron Pin and Surface Warfare Badge which signifies his tenure at sea. In appreciation for the service rendered and his capacity as a diplomat he was appointed as the Defence Advisor to the Sri Lankan High Commission in India.
Commodore Noel Kalubowila has followed various courses locally and abroad to enhance his professional knowledge. He is an Anti-Submarine Warfare (ASW) specialist from ASW School in INS Venduruthi, India. He obtained his Bachelor of Science Degree with an honours from Navy War College in Pakistan. He has also obtained his staff qualification from Pakistan Navy War College. To his credit, he is a recipient of Master Degree in Defence Studies from General Sir John Kotelawela Defence University of Sri Lanka and Master Degree in Maritime Policy from University of Wollongong, Australia. At present he is reading for his PhD.
Commodore Noel Kalubowila is a proud product of Ananda College, Colombo. He is Married to Ruklanthi a doctor by profession and blessed with two sons Rahul (21 years) and Thimira (16 years) and also a with daughter Varsha (20 years).