Sirimevan Ranasinghe

Admiral Sirimevan Sarathchandra Ranasinghe, WWV, RWP, USP, psc, ndc, AOWC is a senior Sri Lankan naval officer and the former Commander of the Sri Lanka Navy.

Sirimevan Ranasinghe
Ranasinghe, left
AllegianceSri Lanka Sri Lanka
Service/branchNaval Ensign of Sri Lanka.svg Sri Lanka Navy
Commands heldCommander of the Sri Lanka Navy
Chief of Staff
Director General Coast Guard
AwardsWeera wickrama vibhushanaya.svg Weera Wickrama Vibhushanaya
Rana Wickrama Padakkama Bar.png Rana Wickrama Padakkama
Uttama Seva Padakkama Bar.gif Uttama Seva Padakkama

Early life and educationEdit

Ranasinghe received his education from St. Joseph's College, Anuradhapura and the Anuradhapura Central College. He enlisted in the Sri Lanka Navy as an Officer Cadet in its 11th Intake on 15 November 1982, undergoing basic training at Trincomalee, where he was adjudged the best cadet and selected for an international midshipmen course at Dartmouth, which he attended between 1984 and 1985. He is an anti submarine warfare specialist (having trained at INS Venduruthy), and did his Naval Staff Course in 1999 at the Defence Services Staff College in Wellington, India. He has also attended the Allied Officers’ War Course at the National Defence University in Islamabad in 2007, and a National Defence Course in 2012 at the National Defence College, New Delhi.

Ranasinghe holds an MPhil in Defence and Strategic Studies from the University of Madras and a Msc in War Studies and Defence Management from the National Defence University, Pakistan.

Naval careerEdit

President Maithripala Sirisena appointed Ranasinghe the Chief of Staff of the Sri Lanka Navy with effect from 11 July 2015. Prior to this appointment, he served as the 4th Director General of the Sri Lanka Coast Guard (appointed in August 2016).[1] Other commands he has held include the Western Naval Command (2013-2014), Southern Naval Command (2012) and Deputy to the Southern Naval Command (2008). Staff commands he has held include those as Commandant of the Naval and Maritime Academy, Director Naval Operations, Director Naval Weapons, Director Marine Special Forces and Director Naval Projects and Plans.[2]

Ranasinghe has also held the command of various ships and craft during his career in the navy, including SLNS Samudura (Commissioning Commanding Officer of US Coast Guard Cutter received from the United States of America), and the Fast Attack Squadron between 2002 and 2004.

Ranasinghe was appointed Commander of the Navy effective 26 October 2017, replacing Travis Sinniah.[3] He was promoted to the rank of Admiral on 31 December 2018 and retired on 1 January 2019.

Personal lifeEdit

Sirimevan is a keen sportsman, and has received Britannia Royal Naval College Colours for Badminton, and a Triple Crown in Badminton in the Inter-command Navy Tournament 1997.


  1. ^ "Rear Admiral Sirimevan Ranasinghe took over the helm of Sri Lanka Coast Guard". Sri Lanka Coast Guard. 8 August 2016. Archived from the original on 8 August 2016. Retrieved 28 October 2017.
  2. ^ "Rear Admiral Sirimevan Ranasinghe assumes duties". Sri Lanka Navy. Retrieved 26 April 2017.
  3. ^ "Rear Admiral Ranasinghe new Navy Chief". Daily Mirror. 25 October 2017. Retrieved 25 October 2017.

Military offices
Preceded by
Travis Sinniah
Commander of the Sri Lankan Navy
October 2017- December 2018
Succeeded by
Piyal De Silva
Preceded by
Ravindra Wijegunaratne
Chief of Staff of the Sri Lankan Navy
July 2015 - October 2017
Succeeded by
Neil Rosayro