02nd February 2019 22:12:58 Hours
The main Sri Lanka Electrical and Mechanical Engineers workshop at Udawalawe, the location where many of heavy Army vehicles are either produced or repaired to meet with international standards on Friday (1) rolled out the red carpet and welcomed the Commander of the Army, Lieutenant General Mahesh Senanayake, when he made a formal visit to the venue with a view to taking a first hand experience.
He closely watched and inquired into the production process of those heavy vehicles, some of which are UN bound when necessary. During his stay, the Commander saw how repairs were being made to several heavy vehicles, badly damaged in collisions and road accidents as well as a few other ones caught in explosions before May 2009. At the same location, the Commander was presented a replica of an armoured tank which is generally produced for UN peacekeeping duties. SLEME Colonel Commandant, Major General M. A. A. D Sirinaga and the Commandant of the Workshop, Lieutenant Colonel P Vithanage made the symbolic gesture on behalf of All Ranks at the Udawalawe Workshop.
In his customary troop address, Lieutenant General Mahesh Senanayake spoke out his mind and pointed out the value of their contribution to the electrical and mechanical innovations and the service they perform, there at Udawalawe. He also urged them to learn more and more modern technological inventions and new findings for the benefit of the trade and their technical know-how. Prior to his exit, he left compliments in the Visitors' Book at the Workshop.
Major General M. A. A. D Sirinaga, Colonel Commandant, SLEME and the Lieutenant Colonel P Vithanage, Commandant of the SLEME Base Workshop welcomed the Commander on arrival at the premises. Senior Officers, Officers and a representative gathering were there to listen to the visiting Commander of the Army.