Gajaba Regiment

Unity is Strength

16th Battalion of Gajaba Regiment


This battalion had been established under the Army Routing order 55/2008 in 22nd of October 2008 at Illuppukadaweli Government School. Maj K P S A Fernando was appointed as the first Commanding Officer of this battalion and with 21 Officers and 504 Soldiers, the battalion was inaugurated. The first appointment holders of the battalion were Major W M A B Wijekoon - the Second in Command, Capt S D G Wisidagama the Adjutant and WO I D L Jayasinghe RSP - the Regimental Sergeant Major. To date, under the command and leadership of the following Commanding Officers, the 16th Battalion The Gajaba Regiment continuous to flourish excellently as a special fighting battalion.

The Names of the Commanding Officers.

Srn  Name From To
1. Maj KPSA Fenando RSP 22.10.2008 10.11.2008
2. Maj RADS Shantha RWP RSP psc 10.11.2008 01.02.2009
3. Maj M S K Salgado RWP RSP psc 01.02.2009 21.02.2009
4. Maj K H N P Hennadige psc 21.02.2009 18.03.2009
5. Maj R A D S Shantha Ranaweera RWP RSP psc 18.03.2009 19.05.2009
6. Lt Col R A D S Shantha Ranaweera RWP RSP psc 19.05.2009 27.10.2010
7. Maj E N Kurukulasuriya RWP RSP psc 27.10.2010 01.11.2012
8. Lt Col E N Kurukulasuriya RWP RSP psc 01.11.2012 20.08.2013
9. Maj M N Gunasinghe RSP (Over looking) 20.08.2013 21.10.2013
10. Maj M S K Salgado RWP RSP psc 21.10.2013 10.10.2014
11. Lt Col M S K Salgado RWP RSP USP psc 10.10.2014 21.07.2016
12. Maj S D K W M M I Weliwita RWP psc 21.07.2016 04.06.2018
13. Maj S Rajamanthri RSP 17.08.2018 26.08.2020
14. Lt Col JWMMB Jayakody RWP RSP USP 26.08.2020 11.05.2021
15. Maj SSA Wijeratne RSP USP psc 12.05.2021 04.02.2022
16. Lt Col SSA Wijeratne RSP USP psc 17.02.2022 08.08.2022
17. Maj SADP Jayarathne USP psc 08.08.2022 up to now

The battalion supported a major operation and other operations to eradicate the brutal terrorism from 22.10.2008 till the end of Humanitarian Operation. This bn were captured the Mankulam town, Vishwamadu, Pudukudiruppu, Pudumathalan and Ampakamam. To honour the valiant troops, During the post-war era, this unit has contributed immensely to the development process of the country and protecting VVIP’s. This bn were dep at several locs and at presently located at the Sinnawilluwaththa - PUTTALAM.

Contact Details
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16th Battalion the Gajaba Regiment
Army Camp



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025 - 3898475 & 076 - 6907472

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