Commander Southern Naval Area

Rear Admiral

SMDK Samaraweera

RSP & Bar, USP, ndc

Rear Admiral SMDK Samaraweera of Sri Lanka Navy was born on 15th January 1966. The Officer joined Sri Lanka Navy on 07th January 1985. He has undergone his basic naval training at the Naval and Maritime Academy in Trincomalee, Sri Lanka, Sub Lieutenant Technical Course as well as specialization, Long Anti Submarine Warfare course in Pakistan, Naval Ship Bahadur at Karachi in Pakistan. Followed International Maritime Officers’ Course at the Coast Guard training centre Newport News, USA. Officer is also an alumni of the National Defence College, Bangladesh.

He has held many prestigious appointments such as the Naval Officer-in-Charge Naval Complex Welisara, the Director General Coordinating – Office of the Chief of the Defence Staff, the Commandant- Naval Advanced Training Centre Boossa, the Deputy Area Commander - Southern Naval Area and the Director Naval Personnel – Naval Headquarters prior assuming present appointment as the Flag Officer Commanding Naval Fleet.

Rear Admiral SMDK Samaraweera has been awarded with gallantry Medal “Rana Sura Paddakakma” thrice for individual gallantry in the face of the enemy. He is a recipient of “Commendation Letters” from the Commander of the Navy for five occasions during his career. He commanded almost all the ships and craft in the Sri Lanka Navy including Coastal Patrol Craft, Fast Passenger Craft, Fast Attack Craft, Patrol Gun Boats and Off Shore Patrol Vessels. Most importantly, he commanded SLNS Samudura (EX – US Navy Coast Guard Cutter) an OPV during the final battle of the humanitarian operation which wiped out terrorism from Sri Lanka.

He was a very good sports administrator in Sri Lanka Navy and held Chairmanship of Sri Lanka Navy Wrestling and Judo in 2003 to 2013. Further, he is the founder chairman of Karate and Wushu in Sri Lanka Navy on 2004 and 2009 respectively and held Chairmanship until 2012. Sri Lanka Navy has won all the Defence Services and National Championships during this period under his chairmanship.

Rear Admiral SMDK Samaraweera is happily married. His wife is Mrs. Chandani Kumari Athukorala and he is blessed with two daughters Chethani Kumari Samaraweera and Niruni kumari Samaraweera who are still schooling.