Captain (G) Chaminda Karunasena assumed duties as the Training Captain of the Naval and Maritime Academy in Trincomalee, on 29th November 2021.

Captain Chaminda Karunasena joined the Sri Lanka Navy as an Officer Cadet to the 13th Intake of Kotelawala Defence Unversity on 01st October 1995. He was commissioned as an Acting Sub Lieutenant in the Executive Branch on 01st of October 1997. Thereafter, he successfully completed his Sub Lieutenant Technical Course at Naval and Maritime Academy. He has followed Long Gunnery course in India and completed his Naval Gun Maintainers course in China. He attended Naval Command and Staff course at Naval War College in the United States of America.

He holds Bachelor of Science (Hons) in Defence studies from KDU, Diploma and post graduate diploma in International Relations from Bandaranayake Center for International Studies and Master of Business Administration from Sikkim Manipal University in India.

During his illustrious naval career spanning over 25 years he has served onboard various ships and establishments to include sea command of several of fast attack craft, fast gun boats and Offshore Petrol Vessels. He has served at the Defence Services Command and Staff College, Sapugaskanda, as directing staff. His most recent appointment prior joining NMA was the Commanding officer of SLNS Samudura, an Offshore Patrol Vessel.

Captain Karunasena has been awarded with Rana Sura Padakkama twice in recognition of his valor in the face of enemy.

He is married to Mrs Dimuthu Nadee and blessed with two sons Dinul (17),Chanul (09) and two daughters Nimuthu (15), Mithara (10).