Aug 18, Colombo: Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena as the Commander-In-Chief this morning appointed Commander Eastern Naval Area Rear Admiral Travis Sinniah as the new Commander of the Sri Lanka Navy.
Accordingly, he received his letter of appointment from President Sirisena at the President's Official Residence, today (18).
Rear Admiral Travis Sinniah previously held appointments as the Commander Eastern Naval Area and Flag Officer Commanding Naval Fleet.
Rear Admiral Sinniah will be the 21st Navy Commander of Sri Lanka. He succeeds Admiral Ravindra C. Wijegunaratne who upon retirement from the Navy has been appointed as the Chief of Defense Staff.
The serRears of the newly appointed Commander of the Sri Lanka Navy will be effective from August 22.
An old student of Trinity College in Kandy, Sinniah joined the Naval and Maritime Academy, Trincomalee as a cadet in 1982 and graduated in 1986.
Rear Admiral Travis Sinniah played a decisive role in the destruction of LTTE warships in deep sea during the height of the war. The successful mission commanded by Sinniah in 2007 to destroy the LTTE's weapons smuggling ships in international waters off Indonesia and Australia is considered as Sri Lanka navy's biggest achievement.