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New Army Headquarters Complex to be declared open tomorrow

The Sri Lanka Army will move into a new Headquarters complex built (within the Defence Complex) in Sri Jayawardenapura, on Friday (08 November). President Maithripala Sirisena will declare open the new Army HQ complex during a ceremony, tomorrow morning.  

November 07, 2019


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‘Galle Dialogue- 2019’ International Maritime Conference begins in Colombo

The ‘Galle Dialogue- 2019’, the 10th Annual International Maritime Conference of the Sri Lanka Navy commenced in Colombo, today (21st October).

October 21, 2019


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Notify The Public Not To Get Misled By Rumours

There was a rumour spreading, about a bomb in Keppetipola Maha Vidyalaya at Miriswatta in Gampaha and in St. Mary's Church at Mattakkuliya in Modara in the morning today (16th October).

October 16, 2019


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70th anniversary Army Day parade held at Galle Face

The main ceremonial parade of the 70th Army Day conducted at the Galle Face promenade saw a column of two thousand troops, dressed in their respective regalia march proudly with their regimental flags and present salute to their Commander.

October 11, 2019


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Chinese Vice Minister of Cyberspace Administration meets State Minister

A Chinese delegation led by the Vice Minister of Cyberspace Administration of China, H.E. Yang Xiaowei, met the State Minister of Defence and Minister of Mass Media, Hon. Ruwan Wijewardene at the Ministry on Wednesday (09 October).

October 10, 2019


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Simulated Maritime Search and Rescue operation using SLAF helicopter

A simulated Maritime Search and Rescue (SAR) operation, utilizing a MI 17 trooper version helicopter was carried out by the Sri Lanka Air Force in collaboration with the Sri Lanka Navy, on Monday (07 October).

October 09, 2019


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15th Heads of Asian Coast Guard Agencies High Level Meeting begins in Colombo today

The 15th Heads of Asian Coast Guard Agencies High Level Meeting (HACGM – HLM) commenced in Colombo, today (08th October).

October 08, 2019


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President graces STF Passing Out ceremony

President Maithripala Sirisena graced the Passing Out ceremony of the 76th basic course of the Special Task Force (STF), at the STF Training School in Katukurunda, today (05 October).

October 05, 2019


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Three hand grenades found from abandoned land in Moratuwa

Three unusable hand grenades have been recovered from an abandoned land in No. 404, Rawatawatte, Moratuwa on Friday evening (04 October).

October 04, 2019


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Swiss Ambassador meets Secretary

The Ambassador of Switzerland in Sri Lanka H.E Mr. Hanspeter Mock made a courtesy call on the Secretary to the Ministry of Defence, General (Retd) SHS Kottegoda, WWV RWP  RSP  VSV  USP ndc at the Ministry, today (02 October).

October 02, 2019


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Russia - Sri Lanka Bilateral Military Cooperation meeting held

A meeting on Russia - Sri Lanka Bilateral Military Cooperation was held at the Ministry auditorium, on Tuesday (01 October 2019).

October 02, 2019


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IOM Chief of Mission meets Secretary

The Chief of Mission for Sri Lanka and Maldives of the International Organization for Migration (IOM), Mr. Sarat Dash made a courtesy call on the Secretary to the Ministry of Defence, General (Retd) SHS Kottegoda, WWV RWP  RSP  VSV  USP ndc, at the Ministry, today (01 October).

October 01, 2019


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Mock operations to raid terrorists’ drug den

Troops involved in the ongoing ‘Cormorant Strike X-2109’, rehearsed several mock operations raiding drug distribution locations of terrorists, on Thursday (19).

September 20, 2019


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Wanni troops initiate social welfare projects

More than 300 civilians with visual impairments were benefitted by a special eye clinic organized by Army troops in Wanni, recently.

September 20, 2019


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Australian delegation meets Secretary

An Australian delegation met the Secretary to the Ministry of Defence, General (Retd) SHS Kottegoda, WWV RWP RSP VSV USP ndc, for a discussion at the Ministry, today (18 September).

September 18, 2019


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Members of the National Force for the Protection of Rights of War Heroes and members of the Maha Sangha including Ven. Athuraliye Rathana Thero meet Secretary Defence

Members of the National Organization for the Protection of Rights of War Heroes who are staging a protest apposite the Fort Railway Station in Colombo and a group of Members of the Maha Sangha led by Ven. Athuraliye Ratana met the Secretary to the Ministry of Defence General (Retd) Shantha Kottegoda, WWV RWP RSP  VSV  USP ndc, at the Ministry for a discussion, today (16 September).

September 16, 2019


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Two injured in gas leak explosion

An explosion had occurred at a house at Mahavila Road in Dematagoda, Colombo 9 due to a gas leak, today (15 September).

September 15, 2019


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Mock operation launched in Colombo to free hostages held by terrorists

The ongoing ‘Cormorant Strike X- 2019’ Field Training Exercise saw one of its segments (mock operations) reach Colombo on Friday (13) after intelligence reports indicating an enemy terrorist infiltration at the Central Bank who had then begun to fire indiscriminately killing and wounding civilians.

September 14, 2019


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‘Cormorant Strike X - 2019’ mock operation liberates civilian hostages from terrorist custody

Tri Forces troops launched a successful operation to free a group of Tourist Board officials held captive by a band of terrorists in a remote location along the Dambulla - Kurunegala main road during the ongoing ‘Cormorant Strike X - 2019’, Field Training Exercise (FTX) on Thursday (12 September).

September 13, 2019


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‘Palmyra Ingenuity - 2019’ showcases innovative products

With a view to encourage innovation and provide a platform to showcase such innovative products among the military personnel, school students, university undergrads and creative people in the Jaffna peninsula, Security Force Headquarters - Jaffna (SFHQ-J)- had organized an exhibition, recently.

September 12, 2019


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Navy ships return home after foreign visit

The two Sri Lanka Navy ships that left home shores for a foreign visit returned to the Trincomalee port during the weekend (08th Sunday, September).

September 12, 2019


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‘Fox Hill Chess Fiesta 2019’ concludes with the acquaintance of War Heroes

‘Fox Hill Chess Fiesta 2019’, the first ever Inter-Institutions International Rating Team Chess Championship concluded with a grand Awards Ceremony held at the Sino - Lanka Friendship Auditorium (Nelum Pokuna) in Diyatalawa, last Monday.

September 09, 2019


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‘Cormorant Strike - 2019’ mock operations result in the capture of terrorist gang

Another mock operation was conducted at Getambe in Kandy as part of the ongoing ‘Cormorant Strike - 2019’, Field Training Exercise (FTX), during the weekend (07).

September 09, 2019


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Bangladesh Navy ship in Colombo

Making a four day goodwill visit, the Blangladesh Navy ship 'Somudra Avijan' arrived in Colombo on Saturday (07 September).

September 08, 2019


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Footwear for deserving students in Mullaitivu

A large group of students from backward families in Mullaitivu was benefited by a Sri Lanka Army coordinated programme to donate footwear, recently.

September 07, 2019


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Army troops assist to clean places of worship in Kilinochchi

A group of Sri Lanka Army soldiers extended their assistance to clean the Mulankavil Pillaiyar Kovil premises and Kariyalanagapadduwan Anthoniyar Church, recently.

September 06, 2019


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Two Navy ships set sail to attend ‘SLINEX- 2019’ in India

Two Sri Lankan Navy ships had left the country to India to take part in the Sri Lanka Navy and Indian Navy Exercise (SLINEX 2019), on Thursday (05 September).

September 06, 2019


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‘Cormorant Strike- 2019’ troops rescue ship and captives during first mock exercise

The Sri Lanka Army organized, Field Training Exercise (FTX), ‘Cormorant Strike - 2019’ which began at Minneriya on Tuesday (03 September) is in progress in the Eastern region.

September 05, 2019


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Australian counter people smuggling delegation meets State Minister and Secretary Defence for discussions

An Australian Government delegation led by Commander of Australia’s Joint Task Force, Operation Sovereign Borders, Major General Craig Furini met the State Minister of Defence Hon. Ruwan Wijewardene for a discussion on counter people smuggling issues, at the Ministry, on 03 September (2019).

September 04, 2019


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Defence Advisor of Pakistan HC calls on the Secretary

The Defence Advisor to the High Commission of Pakistan in Sri Lanka, Colonel Sajjad Ali made a call on the Secretary to the Ministry of Defence, General (Retd) Shantha Kottegoda, WWV RWP RSP  VSV  USP ndc at the Ministry, today (04th September).

September 04, 2019


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153rd Police Day celebrated

The Sri Lanka Police celebrated its 153rd ‘Police Day’, on 03rd September (2019).

September 04, 2019


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New Army Commander calls on State Minister

The newly appointed Commander of the Army, Lieutenant General Shavendra Silva made a call on the State Minister of Defence, Hon. Ruwan Wijewardene at the Ministry, today (03rd September 2019).

September 03, 2019


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New Army Commander calls on Secretary

The newly appointed Commander of the Army, Lieutenant General Shavendra Silva made a call on the Secretary to the Ministry of Defence, General SHS Kottegoda (Rtd), WWV RWP RSP VSV  USP ndc at the Ministry, today (03rd September 2019).

September 03, 2019


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“Exercise Cormorant Strike X – 2019” begins

The Sri Lanka Army organized “Exercise Cormorant Strike X – 2019” commenced today (03 September 2019).

September 03, 2019


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KDU ‘International Research Conference’ to be held next week

The Kotelawala Defence University (KDU) will hold its annual ‘International Research Conference’ (IRC) next week (11th & 12th September).

September 03, 2019


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Coast Guard educates Northern public on safety issues


A series of Life Saving Awareness programmes was conducted by the Sri Lanka Coast Guard at several areas in Jaffna, last week.

September 02, 2019


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Air Force contingent in MINUSCA conducts civil welfare programmes

The Sri Lanka Air Force Aviation Contingent in the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in the Central African Republic (MINUSCA) had carried out several major Civil-Military Co-operation activities and drug donation programmes, during last month.

September 02, 2019


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Navy assists Indian fishermen in distress

Vigilant naval troops onboard a naval craft on patrol duties in the Northern seas had rescued four (04) Indian fishermen from a distressed trawler in seas off Kachchativu in Jaffna, on Sunday (01 September).

September 02, 2019


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Secretary graces STF War Hero Commemoration ceremony

Secretary to the Ministry of Defence, General SHS Kottegoda WWV RWP RSP VSV USP ndc  graced the 35th War Hero Commemoration ceremony of the Special Task Force at STF Training School at Katukurunda, today (01 September).

September 01, 2019


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9th "Colombo Defence Seminar" concludes on a successful note

The 9th ‘Colombo Defence Seminar - 2019’, international conference which began on Thursday (29) at the BMICH, ended on a successful note on Friday (30). The two-day conference is the Sri Lanka Army’s flagship annual defence symposium and this year it was held for the ninth consecutive year.

August 31, 2019


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Secretary Defence makes Opening Remarks at the “Colombo Defence Seminar – 2019”

The 9th “Colombo Defence Seminar – 2019” commenced at the Bandaranaike Memorial International Conference Hall in Colombo, today (29th August 2019). President Maithripala Sirisena graced the opening session as the Chief Guest, held this morning.

August 29, 2019


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Navy conducts events under ‘Rata Wenuwen Ekata Sitimu’ programme in Jaffna

Following His Excellency the President Maithripala Sirisena's ‘Rata Wenuwen Ekata Sitimu’ concept, programmes organized by the Sri Lanka Navy was held in Jaffna and its island sector from 23rd to 26th August 2019.

August 29, 2019


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INSSSL holds monthly Security Salon

Another segment in the monthly Security Salons conducted by the Institute of National Security Studies Sri Lanka (INSSSL) was held at the Defence Ministry auditorium on, Tuesday (27th August).

August 28, 2019


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“9th Colombo Defence Seminar” on Thursday

The flagship annual international seminar of the Sri Lanka Army, ‘Colombo Defence Seminar - 2019’ will begin on Thursday (29th August). The two-day conference being held for the 9th consecutive year, will be begin at the Bandaranaike Memorial International Conference Hall (BMICH) in Colombo.

August 27, 2019


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10th “Exercise Cormorant Strike” to commence next week

The joint mega Tri-Services Field Training Exercise (FTX), “Exercise Cormorant Strike X – 2019” is scheduled to commence next week (03rd September). This was revealed at the press briefing held last evening at the Kingsbury Hotel in Colombo to announce of the Colombo Defence Seminar.

August 27, 2019


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Sri Lankan and Indian Coast Guards hold High Level Meeting in New Delhi

The 4th annual High Level Meeting (HLM) between the Sri Lankan Coast Guard (SLCG) and Indian Coast Guard (ICG) was held in India, recently. According to SLCG media, The HLM was held at the Indian Coast Guard Headquarters in New Delhi on 20th August (2019).

August 27, 2019


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Zambian Defence Advisor meets Secretary

The Defence Advisor of the High Commission of the Republic of Zambia in New Delhi accredited to Sri Lanka, Brigadier General Stephen SIMUSANDU made a courtesy call on the Secretary to the Ministry of Defence, General Shantha Kottegoda (Rtd), WWV RWP RSP VSV USP ndc at the Ministry on Tuesday (27th August).

August 27, 2019


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Russian delegation meets Secretary

A group of Russian delegates including Dr. Evegeny Usachev, a Russian Scientist met the Secretary to the Ministry of Defence, General SHS Kottegoda WWV RWP RSP VSV USP ndc at the Ministry on Tuesday (27th August).

August 27, 2019


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Navy ships set sail to foreign waters on training mission

Two ships of the Sri Lanka Navy left the country for ports in Bangladesh and Myanmar on training missions.

August 25, 2019


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Major General Sathyapriya Liyanage new Army Chief of Staff

Major General Sathyapriya Liyanage WWV RWP VSV USP ndc psc has been appointed as the new Chief of Staff of the Sri Lanka Army. According to Army media, he is the 54th Chief of Staff of the Army.

August 24, 2019


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CDS term extended till 31st Dec 2019

The term of Chief Defence Staff Admiral Ravindra C Wijegunaratne was extended till 31st December 2019 by HE the President and Commander-in-Chief of Armed Forces Maithripala Sirisena

August 23, 2019


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Emergency Regulations will not be reviewed, Secretary

The Emergency Regulations that was in force will not be extended.

August 23, 2019


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New Army Commander assumes office

The newly appointed Commander of the Army Lieutenant General L H S C Silva WWV RWP RSP VSV USP ndc psc officially took over duties, during a ceremony held at the Army Headquarters in Colombo, today (21 August 2019).

August 21, 2019


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Appointment of Lt. Gen. Shavendra Silva, Commander of the Sri Lanka Army

With reference to comments that have appeared since the above appointment, the following is noted:

August 21, 2019


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Former Army Commander promoted

The outgoing Commander of the Army Lieutenant General Mahesh Senanayake has been promoted to the rank of General by President Maithripala Sirisena, with effect from 17 August 2019

August 20, 2019


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New Army Commander appointed

Lieutenant General Shavendra Silva was appointed as the 23rd Commander of the Sri Lanka Army today (19).

August 19, 2019


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23.5 More Acres Used by the Army Released to Kilinochchi District Secretariat

Kilinochchi troops in another gesture of goodwill and reconciliation took steps to release a land patch of 23.05 acres including the buildings, owned by government permit holders in Krishnapuram, Kilinochchi during a simple ceremony on Thursday (15).

August 18, 2019


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New Zealand HC meets Secretary

The High Commissioner of New Zealand H E Mrs. Joanna Kempkers made a call on the Secretary to the Ministry of Defence General SHS Kottegoda (Rtd) WWV RWP RSP VSV usp ndu at the Ministry, today (07 August 2019).

August 07, 2019


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Esala Perahera continues amidst special security arrangements

The annual Esala Perahera which commenced on Monday (05 August) will enter its third day, today (07). Tight security measures are in place with sufficient numbers of Tri Forces, Police, Special Task Force and Civil Defence Department personnel being deployed for security operations.

August 07, 2019


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Colombo Defence Seminar- 2019 in August

The Colombo Defence Seminar- 2019 is to be held at the tail end of this month (August) in Colombo. According to Army media, the premier annual two-day international defence conference organized by the Sri Lanka Army will begin at the Bandaranaike Memorial International Conference Hall (BMICH) on the 29th morning and will conclude with the conclusion ceremony the next day (30).

August 06, 2019