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Former US staffer to be appointed as Sri Lanka's navy commander

Sri Lanka will appoint Eastern Naval Commander Rear Admiral Travis Sinniah as Navy Commander next week reports Dailymirror.lk.

Rear Admiral Sinniah was the senior most naval officer in active combat operations at sea during Sri Lanka’s war with the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE).

Following Former Army Chief Sarath Fonseka’s imprisonment in 2010, Rear Admiral Sinniah left the Navy and worked for the US Embassy as a security specialist. Upon initial request by the US Embassy in Colombo to hire Sinniah the then defence secretary Gotobaya Rajapaksa refused, and was later convinced to allow the move to happen. After his stint at the US Embassy in Colombo Sinniah migrated to Australia citing political victimisation. The election of the Sirisena government in 2015 saw Sinniah appointed as the Navy Commander of the Eastern province amidst controversy for his work with the US embassy in Colombo.

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