C of N Biography

Vice Admiral SS Ranasinghe WWV, RWP, VSV, USP, ndc, psc, AOWC has been appointed as the new Commander of the Sri Lanka Navy by President and Commander-in-Chief Maithripala Sirisena. This appointment was made in accordance with the power vested in the President under the constitution of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka and this new appointment will be effective from tomorrow (26th October, 2017).

With this new appointment Rear Admiral Sirimevan Ranasinghe has been elevated to the rank of Vice Admiral and the 22nd Commander of the Navy’s 67 year history.

Accordingly, he received the letter of appointment from Secretary to the President Mr. Austin Fernando at the Presidential Secretariat, today (25th October, 2017).

Vice Admiral Sirimevan Sarathchandra Ranasinghe received his education from St. Joseph’s College and the Central College in Anuradhapura. He joined the Sri Lanka Navy as an Officer Cadet of the 11th Intake on 15 November 1982 and underwent his basic training at the Naval and Maritime Academy, Trincomalee. Vice Admiral Sirimevan Ranasinghe is the recipient of the prestigious Sword of Honour as the Best Cadet of the 11th Intake which also includes the outgoing Navy Chief Travis Sinniah and the present Naval Deputy Chief of Staff Rear Admiral Niel Rosayro. He received his Midshipman training at the Britannia Royal Naval College, Dartmouth in United Kingdom.

Vice Admiral Ranasinghe is a highly decorated officer being a recipient of the Weera Wickrama Vibushanaya (WWV) and Rana Wikrama Padakkama (RWP) for gallantry in the face of the enemy. In 1996 off the Chalai Coast in the Northern waters, displaying his tact and valour then LCdr SS Ranasinghe rammed and destroyed an LTTE attack craft saving the lives of hundreds of military troops who were being transferred from Kankasanthurai to Trincomalee on-board MV Nagaroma. This became the first incident in the Naval history where an LTTE attack craft was rammed and destroyed.

He has been decorated for distinguished service and commended by successive Commanders of the Navy for outstanding performance of duty and exceptional contributions to the Naval service.

Also as the initial Commanding Officer of SLNS Samudura (Ex-USCGS Courageous) Vice Admiral Ranasinghe commanded the longest voyage in SLN history from New Port USA to Colombo.

He commanded the elite Fast Attack Squadron from 2002 to 2004. He was the Deputy Area Commander Southern Naval Area in 2008, Commander Southern Naval Area in 2012 and Commander Western Naval Area from 2013 to 2014. He has held many important appointments including Commandant Naval and Maritime Academy, Director Naval Operations, Director Naval Weapons, Director Marine Special Forces, Director Naval Projects and Plans and Director General of the Sri Lanka Coast Guard.

Prior being appointed as the Navy Commander, Vice Admiral Sirimevan Ranasinghe has been serving as the Naval Chief of Staff for over 2 1/2 years.

Vice Admiral Ranasinghe is an Anti Submarine Warfare Specialist trained at INS Vendurutthy, Kochi, India. He followed his Naval Staff Course in 1999 at the Defence Services Command and Staff College in Wellington, India. Further, he attended the Allied Officers’ War Course at the National Defence University in Islamabad, Pakistan in 2007 and the National Defence Course in 2012 at the National Defence College, New Delhi, India.

Vice Admiral Ranasinghe has earned Master’s Degrees in Defence and Strategic Studies (First Class) from the prestigious Madras University, India, and War Studies and Defence Management (Second Upper) from the National Defence University, Islamabad, Pakistan. He has also been conferred with an MPhil in Defence and Strategic Studies (First Class).

Vice Admiral Ranasinghe is a keen sportsman and had received Britannia Royal Naval College Colours for badminton. He was also the recipient of the Triple Crown for badminton in 1997 in the Navy Inter Command Tournament.

Vice Admiral Ranasinghe is married to Sandya, and they are blessed with one daughter, Supuni.