The second batch bound for UN Peacekeeping Mission in Lebanon left the island on Sunday (Feb 27). According to Sri Lanka Army (SLA) media sources, this batch of FPC that includes 2 Officers and 48 Other Ranks is Sri Lanka Army’s 13th contingent of the Sri Lanka Force Protection Company (FPC).
The Sri Lankan FPC is assigned to provide protection to the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL) Headquarters in Naqoura and VIPs as required by the UNIFIL, it says.
The SL Army’s 13th contingent for the FPC comprises of 10 Officers and 115 Other Ranks which includes one (01) Lady Officer and 7 women soldiers for the first time, SLA says.
The contingent is mainly comprised of Sri Lanka Light Infantry Regiment troops and left for the UN mission in two phases, it further says.
Army Deputy Chief of Staff and Colonel of the Regiment Sri Lanka Light Infantry, Major General Jagath Kodithuwakku was at the airport to send them off on Sunday, it says.
The first batch of 8 Officers and 67 Other Ranks left for Lebanon in early February (Feb 05).