29th July 2017 22:37:02 Hours
Commander of the Army, Lieutenant General Mahesh Senanayake, commencing his formal visits to the Island-wide Security Force Headquarters and attaching prominence to the Security Force Headquarters - Jaffna (SFHQ-J) where he served more than a year, arrived in Jaffna this morning (29) to address the troops in the peninsula at the invitation of Major General Darshana Hettiarachchi, Commander, Security Forces - Jaffna (SF-J).
Lieutenant General Mahesh Senanayake, Commander of the Army on Saturday (29) delivered his first formal address to around 2000 members of the Army, assembled at the Security Force Headquarters - Jaffna (SFHQ-J) to listen to the new Commander who was making his first formal visit after assumption of his duties.
The day’s itinerary got underway after Major General Darshana Hettiarachchi, Commander, Security Forces –Jaffna (SF-J) warmly received the visiting Army Chief on arrival. In accordance with military formalities, he reviewed the Guard Turnout at the entrance to the SFHQ-J premises and the subsequent Guard of Honour while receiving the salute.
Planting of a sapling as a memory of the Commander’s visit to the SFHQ-J followed afterwards, before he was invited to address all rankers, awaiting to listen to him.
Later on, Commander, SF-J presented a memento to the new Commander as a symbol of goodwill and memory.
Lieutenant General Mahesh Senanayake, a few minutes later went to the Corporals’ Club in the SFHQ-J premises and joined with all rankers for refreshments and took time off to speak to some of those soldiers who were present there. At the same time he did not forget to leave his signature in the Visitors’ Book.
As the second leg of the day’s programme, the visiting Commander of the Army attended for free distribution of school accessories and valuable wrist watches to 193 Jaffna school students who achieved best results in the last G.C.E Ordinary Level (O/L) examination.
Hon Reginald Cooray, Governor for the Northern Province attended the ceremony as the Chief Guest.
The ceremony for distribution of those incentives organized by the SFHQ-J got underway at the Weerasingham Hall in the heart of Jaffna town the same evening (29).
Hon Governor, Commander of the Army and the Commander, SF-J joined the distribution of those incentives to 193 O/L achievers.
All General Officers Commanding, Brigade Commanders, Commanding Officers, Senior Officers, Officers, Other Rankers, Government Officials, parents and students were present during the day’s separate events.