Rear Admiral S Jayakody was born on 31st August 1962 and did his schooling in Hanadapangoda. On completion of schooling he joined Sir John Kotelawala Defence University as a Service Cadet in 1981 and completed 3 years training whilst reading for the degree at the University of Colombo. Subsequently he was commissioned as an Acting Sub Lieutenant in the Sri Lanka Navy in 1985
Rear Admiral S Jayakody is specialized in Hydrography and has held various appointments both afloat and ashore. He has commanded various types of ships and craft in Sri Lanka Navy including SLNS Suranimila, a Fast Missile Vessel.
He has also held important ashore appointments in his unblemished career. The Staff Officer Naval Operations at the Ministry of Defence, Directing Staff at Defence Services Command and Staff College, Training Commander at Naval and Maritime Academy, Trincomalee, Director Naval Training, Deputy Area Commander Eastern Naval Area, Director Naval Personnel, Director General Administration and Commander North Central Naval Area, are some of key appointments among them.
The Officer did his Sub Lieutenant Technical Course in India in 1985 and followed number of local and foreign courses which includes Riverine and Coastal Operations Course in USA in 1989, Senior Officer’s Amphibious Planning Course in USA 1998, Training Manager Course in India in 2004, Advance Security Cooperation Course in Hawaii USA in 2011. He is a graduate of the Naval War College, Newport Rhode Island USA in Staff Course and National Defence Course in National Defence University Pakistan. The officer was conferred two Masters Degrees in Management and National Security & War Studies.
Rear Admiral Jayakody was awarded with Rana Wickrama Padakkama (RWP) and Rana Soora Padakkama (RSP), Gallantry medals for his bravery in the face of the enemy.
The officer married to Mrs Anoma Geethamali Jayakody and blessed with a daughter.