Vice Admiral Travis Sinniah assumes duties as the 21st Commander of the Navy
His Excellency Maithripala Sirisena, the President and Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka, has been pleased to appoint Vice Admiral Travis Sinniah, WWV, RWP, RSP and 2 Bar, USP, ctfndu, psc, MSc (D&SS), Dip in IR, MUSNI, as the new Commander of the Sri Lanka Navy and promote him to the 3-star rank of Vice Admiral with effect from 22nd August 2017.
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 on 22nd August 2017. Vice Admiral Sinniah was accorded a Guard of Honour upon his official arrival, having taken over command as the new Commander of the Navy. Thereafter, he assumed duties in his new appointment amidst religious blessings. His beloved wife as well as Area Commanders, the Vice Chancellor of the KDU, the Director General of the Coast Guard, the Flag Officer Commanding the Naval Fleet and Director Generals of the Navy, were also present on the occasion to convey their best wishes to the new Navy Commander.
Vice Admiral Travis Sinniah was educated at the Trinity College, Kandy and St. Joseph’s College, Trincomalee. He joined the Naval and Maritime Academy, Trincomalee, as an Officer Cadet in 1982, and graduated in 1984. He was provided a scholarship at the Britannia Royal Naval College, Dartmouth, from which he graduated in1986.
Prior to his appointment as the 21st Commander of the Sri Lanka Navy, Vice Admiral Sinniah held the post of Commander Eastern Naval Area. He hails from Kandy, the hill capital of Sri Lanka. Vice Admiral Sinniah is married to Mrs. Thiruni Sinniah and has a son Taarun (24) and a daughter Enakshi (21).