Sri Lanka Army

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  • Commander Takes Time Off to Watch Rugby

    COMMANDER of the Army Lieutenant General Jagath Jayasuriya took time off his busy day’s schedule last evening (8) and made a surprise entry into the sports pavilion at Army Headquarters in order to witness the inauguration of the annual Inter-Regiment Rugger Tournament. Monday’s (8) first match occurred between Sri Lanka Army General Service Corps (SLAGSC) and.....

  • Ranaviru Suwanda Literary Awards

    The "Ranaviru Suwanda" literary awards which recognized the literary excellence of the Security Forces and Police personnel and their family members was held at the John De Silva Memorial Theatre yesterday. Awards were presented to both servicemen and their family members who excelled in multiple events at the 'Ranaviru Suwanda' Literary contest.


    Lieutenant General Daya Ratnayake who assumed office on August 1, 2013 is the 20th Commander of the Army. He was enlisted to the Regular Force of the Sri Lanka Army on 06 February 1980 as an Officer Cadet and was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant on 18 July 1981 in the Sri Lanka Light Infantry (SLLI) Regiment. Upon commissioning, he followed the Commando Officers Course, Infantry Young Officers Course, Battalion Support Weapon Course, Junior Command and Senior Command Courses in India, Governance and Management of Defence Course at Cranfield University, UK, Higher Level Security Studies Diploma Course and Advanced Communication Skills Course in Asia-Pacific Centre for Security Studies in Honolulu, Hawaii, USA. He also graduated from Defence Service Command and Staff College............
  • Newly Enlisted 'Api Army' Professionals Pass out to Serve the Nation

    Professionals, enlisted recently under the ‘Api Army’ programme to different rank structures of the Sri Lanka Army Volunteer Force General Reserve, passed-out after pledging  their  allegiance to serve the Nation during a Passing-out ceremony, graced by Commandant of the Sri Lanka Army Volunteer Force Major General Lalith Daulagala as the Chief Guest on successful.....
  • SLLI Regimental Center Opens Its New Corporals' Club

    The inaugural opening of the newly-constructed Corporals’ Club at the Regimental Headquarters (RHQ), Sri Lanka Light Infantry (SLLI), Panagoda on Friday (21) was graced by the Commander of the Army, Lieutenant General Chrishanthe De Silva.
  • Wheelchair Basketball Trophy Goes to Gajaba Regiment

    The Inter Regiment Sports Committee for the Disable had its wheelchair tournament on Thursday (23) evening at Sri Lanka Light Infantry basketball court at Panagoda. Twelve disable teams under ten medically categorized sports events every year hold this tournament for disable War Heroes affected with different types of physical disabilities, following serious injuries sustained in the brutal LTTE terrorism in the past 30 years.
  • Sri Lanka Army Shooters Champion NSSF Open Meet

    Sri Lanka Army Small Arms Association clinched the Championship in the National Shooting Sports Federation (NSSF) Open Meet, organized by the NSSF of Sri Lanka, held at the Sri Lanka Navy Firing Range, Welisara during Oct 12-18. Rear Admiral Shemal Fernando, President, NSSF graced the awarding ceremony at Sri Lanka Navy Firing Range.....

  • Ex-Commandos Stage 'Commando Walk' Showing Their Exceptional CR Pride

    Over 300 ex-Commandos of the Ex-servicemen’s Association of the Commando Regiment (CR) on Saturday (12) participated in a 24 km-long walk from Galle Face Green to Ganemulla, the place where their Regimental Headquarters is situated. Commander of the Army, Lieutenant General Daya Ratnayake as the Chief Guest at Galle Face Green flagged off the ‘Commando Walk’..... 
  • VIR Soldiers Give Blood & Help Contain Thalassemia

    A blood donation campaign for the use of Thalassemia patients in Kurunegala district was conducted by the Headquarters of Vijayabahu Infantry Regiment (VIR) at Boyagane, Kurunegala at the request of Kurunegala Hospital Blood Bank. Thalassemia, found to be fast spreading in the Kurunegala District constantly requires transfusion of blood since the disease impairs growth of human cells.