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New Sri Lanka Navy Commander Rear Admiral Travis Sinniah

Colombo, 18 August, (

Rear Admiral Travis Jeremy Liyanduru Sinniah is to be promoted as the new Sri Lanka’s Navy Commander soon.

'Asian Tribune, learnt that, the present Navy Commander Vice Admiral Ravindra Wijegunaratne who was on a six months extension, is to retire on 22nd of this month and he is being considered for the appointment as Defence Chief of Staff.

The incumbent General Crisanthade Silva who is also set to retire on 22nd of this month, is considered for a diplomatic appointment.

At present Rear Admiral Travis Jeremy Liyanduru Sinniah holds the appointments as the Commander Eastern Naval Area and Flag Officer Commanding Naval Fleet.

Joined the Naval and Maritime Academy, Trincomalee as a Cadet in 1982 and graduated in 1984; was selected to attend The British Royal Naval College, Dartmouth and graduated in 1986; also trained on Specialized Naval subjects at HMS Dryad, HMS Mercury, HMS Collinwood and HMS Vernon at Portsmouth, United Kingdom. Has also served on board British warships during this tenure.

Specialized in Naval Communications and Electronic warfare at HMS Mercury, Petersfield Portsmouth and INS Venduruthi, Cochin, India.

Attended Defence Services Staff College at Wellington, India and was conferred a Master of Science degree in Defence and Strategic Studies.

Has followed a special course on Diplomacy and holds a Diploma in International Studies.

Is a Counter Terrorism Fellow (CTF) of the National Defence University, Washington DC. USA. Awarded the prestigious status of “Distinguished Graduate” at the NDU, for year 2005.

Has followed the Defence Cooperation Course conducted by the Defence Institute of security assistance Management, Ohio.

Is considered an erudite and brilliant officer.

Is a front line executive Officer who served in all the Squadrons in the SLN; held the prominent appointments of Flag Officer Commanding Naval Fleet, The Commandant Naval and Maritime Academy, Deputy Area Commander East and The Commandant Volunteer Naval Force; has Captained the flag ship of the Sri Lanka Navy in 2007, served in the Elite 4th Fast Attack Flotilla as a Squadron Commander and subsequently Commanded the Flotilla as Commanding Officer of the Flotilla (FAF4). In addition, he has served as Commanding Officer on board OPV’s, FMV’s, FGB’s and FPC’s.

Has held various staff positions at Naval Headquarters: Personal Assistant to the Commander of the Navy; Director Naval Projects and Plans and R&D; Deputy Director Naval Administration; Staff officer Projects and Plans; Senior Staff Officer Research and Development. Served as Deputy Area Commander East North and North West Commands.

A respected Instructor and good speaker. Has represented the Navy at various seminars and conferences, and read papers at the same. Spearheaded the establishment of the Naval wing and laying down of syllabi for the Defence Services Staff College, Batalanda.

A specialist in counter terrorist and littoral warfare. Was nominated to direct the Maldivian Defence forces in formulating a maritime security strategy and anti/counter terrorism doctrine, which was implemented in 2008 and remains as a MNDF foundation policy on counter terrorism at sea and on land.

Was instrumental in the design and modification of naval guns for the SLN with Royal Ordnance UK and in the design of the Super Dvora class of FAC with Israeli aircraft industries. He was also the design leader for the indigenous 30 mm stabilized gun of the SLN.

Is a sharpshooter and “X” marksman. A very good IPSC practical pistol shooter who captained the navy team in 2001/2002. A good sportsman. Represented navy at basketball, soccer, rugby, squash and badminton.

Is a battle hardened officer who has been awarded and re-awarded for valor and gallantry. Led the Naval Task Force in the destruction of all ten LTTE “warehouse ships”. This operation “Sagara Balaya” was the turning point of the war against the LTTE and was the beginning of its end. He has over 37 LTTE hits under his command and over 70 hits during his tenure as commander of the Fast attack Flotilla. He was also the officer who apprehended the infamous LTTE ship “Kadalpura” with 19 Black sea tigers on board including the LTTE 2nd in command and 9 LTTE area leaders.

He was the senior most naval officer to be in active combat operations at sea during the war. Has been recommended for field promotion to the rank of Rear Admiral during operations and awarded the highest combat medal (granted to a living officer) for exceptional valour and gallantry, the WWV.

His most significant Gallantry awards are the Weera Wickrama Vibushanaya (WWV) awarded for individual acts of gallantry and conspicuous bravery of a military nature of a high order in the face of the enemy, Rana Wickrama Padakkama (RWP) awarded for exceptional gallantry in the face of the enemy, The Rana Sura Padakkama (RSP) awarded thrice for gallantry in the face of the Enemy.

His other awards are: Uththama Seva Padakkama (USP), Vadamarachchi campaign medal, Riviresa campaign medal with clasp, North & East operation medal with double clasp, Sri Lanka long service medal with clasp, Purna Bhoomi operation medal, Sri Lanka independence 50th anniversary Medal and humanitarian operation medals for north and east with clasps.

Officer has been mentioned in dispatches and personally commended by the President of Sri Lanka for acts of conspicuous bravery, exceptional gallantry and outstanding service to the nation.

He hails from Kandy and is a product of Trinity College, Kandy. He is married to Thiruni and has a son Taarun (22) and daughter Enakshi (19).

His father, late Commander Tyrell Sinniah. joined the Royal Ceylon Navy as a Direct Entry Officer and was stationed in the garrison town of Trincomalee. It was during this shore command that he was blessed with his son Travis. He was an award winning marksman who captained the Navy shooting team and won the Jolly Roger Trophy. Tyrell Sinniah was one of the first dental surgeons to pass out from the University of Peradeniya in 1964.

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