17th May 2018 13:40:37 Hours
22 Division Headquarters in Trincomalee under the Security Force Headquarters - East (SFHQ-East) on Thursday (16) extended a red carpet welcome to the visiting India’s Chief of the Army Staff (COAS), General Bipin Rawat when he paid a formal visit to the 22 Division Headquarters as part of his itinerary in Sri Lanka.
In conformity with military formalities, a drive-past Guard Turnout presented by the troops of the 22 Division greeted the day’s Chief Guest soon after General Rawat arrived at the 22 Division main entrance.
After a warm welcome, extended by Major General Santhusitha Pananwala, Commander, Security Forces - East, the visiting COAS received a briefing on the roles and tasks of the SFHQ-East and a comprehensive account of ongoing development, reconciliation and reconstruction projects, being pursued by the troops in the area.
Giving eternal memory and significance to the visiting Army Chief’s arrival at the 22 Division Headquarters, all Officers a few minutes later posed for a group photo with the visiting Army Chief before he was invited to pen a few words in the Visitors' Book.
An exchange of symbolic mementoes brought the cordial meeting to an end.
Before that, he made a bee-line to the Eastern Naval Headquarters in Trincomalee and had an interaction with the Commander, Eastern Naval Area.
Arrangements at the Eastern Naval Headquarters also facilitated all visitors to partake of refreshments with Naval Officers present there.
Major General Aruna Jayasekara, General Officer Commanding, 22 Division was also present at the occasion.