New Navy Commander Vice Admiral Travis Sinniah assumes duties; calls on the president

Posted on 22 August 2017 by admin

 President Maithripala Sirisena today appointed the Eastern Naval Commander Rear Admiral Travis Sinniah, as new Navy Commander at the President's Official Residence, the Government Information Department said. 

An old student of Trinity College Kandy, Sinniah joined the Naval and Maritime Academy, Trincomalee as a cadet in 1982 and graduated in 1986.

Sinniah is a front line officer who served in all the Squadrons in the Navy and held the prominent appointments including Flag Officer Commanding Naval Fleet, The Commandant Naval and Maritime Academy and Deputy Area Commander East.

He represented the Navy at various international seminars and conferences.

“Rear Admiral Travis Sinniah, who has served Sri Lanka Navy with immense loyalty for many decades, took office as the Navy Commander today,” President Maithripala Sirisena tweeted.
The Secretary to the President Austin Fernando and Secretary to the Ministry of Defence Kapila Waidyaratne also participated at the occasion.

Rear Admiral Sinniah, who joined the Navy in 1982, also holds the post of Flag Officer Commanding Naval Fleet. He was the senior most Naval officer to be in active combat operations at sea during the conflict with the LTTE separatists.

Former Navy Commander, Admiral Ravindra Wijegunaratne officially assumed duties as the new Chief of Defence Staff.

Thereafter, the new Chief of Defence Staff called on President Maithripala Sirisena.

Meanwhile, the 21st Navy Commander of the Sri Lanka Navy Vice Admiral Travis Sinniah officially assumed duties this morning.

In a symbolic gesture of handing over command, the outgoing Commander of the Navy Admiral Ravindra Wijegunaratne presented him the Admiral’s Sword, at a function held at the Naval Headquarters.

Vice Admiral Sinniah was accorded a Guard of Honour upon his official arrival, having taken over command as the new Commander of the Navy and was wished by top brass at the Navy.

The new Commander of the Sri Lanka Navy called on the President thereafter.

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