The Royal Army Ordnance Corps was formed on 14 October 1949 and the Corps of Ordnance in the Ceylon Army was formed on 29 March 1950. Expansion of the organization took place with a legacy of British Army in Ceylon as Major H P Bracher played advisory role for establishing the Directorate of Ordnance and the Corps. The initial nucleus of the organization consisted of a Captain, Lieutenant, two Warrant Officers, a Staff Sergeant, three Sergeants and a British Warrant Officer.

During founding period, there were two main segments of Ordnance element in the Army such as Directorate in Army HQ and the Ordnance Depot at Kirulapone. This expansion resulted to establish a depot affiliated Ceylon Electrical and Mechanical Engineers in June 1954.Later, the Ordnance Depot was shifted from Kirulapone to Panagoda in July 1955 with the aim of catering for increased demand for storage facilities as a result of Army’s expansion. The late Lieutenant Colonel DFT Abeyasinghe was appointed as the first Commanding Officer of the Ceylon Army Ordnance Corps in 1959.

Raising of Ordnance Volunteer Company in 1980 was one of significant events in the expansion of the Corps of Ordnance. Being a volunteer counterpart this initial element was elevated to a unit in subsequent years. This organizational expansion has reached to its present status of having six regular Ordnance units and a Volunteer Ordnance unit with 196 officers and 4476 Other Ranks as a whole. With the expansion of Army, the Ordnance Corps was re-designated as Sri Lanka Army Ordnance Corps (SLAOC). She has been a vital combat service support corps and the main logistics handler of Sri Lanka Army since its inception.

The building blocks of the present organization are Directorate of Ordnance Services at Army Headquarters, Regimental Headquarters of Sri Lanka Army Ordnance Corps and School of Ordnance in Dombagoda, Army Ordnance Industries (AOI) in Veyangoda, Base Ordnance Depot (BOD) in Ragama, Central Arms and Ammunition Depot (CAAD) and Army Clothing Depot (ACD) in Veyangoda, 1,2,3,5,6,7 regular battalions located in Panagoda, Anuradhapura, Minneriya, Kankesathurai, Kilinochchi, Mulaitivu and the Volunteer Battalion in Kandy - Pallekele.


The vision of Sri Lanka Army Ordnance Corps is to achieve professional excellence thus setting a national bench mark in Material Management and contribute to achieve highest productivity and standards by Sri Lanka Army.


The mission of Sri Lanka Army Ordnance Corps is to provide effective and efficient Ordnance supply to Sri Lanka Army while ensuring responsibility, accountability in a professional/ user friendly/modern technological approach and enhance the knowledge of Offrs/ORs on all functions in Material Management to ensure highest level of technical competence/productivity.


  • The Regimental Centre is established to maintain the Regtl traditions, evolve a Regt concept, administer and coord matters effecting all units of the Regt.
  • The Regimental Centre will carry out its functions and responsibilities in close liaison with the Divs, Bds, & Dtes concerned.
  • The Regimental Centre will ensure the proper administration of all Units of the Regt, both Regular & Vol.

‘G’ Matters

  • All matters relating to establishments in units of Regular & Volunteer Force of the SLAOC.
  • Regt Sports and competitions including shooting.
  • Coord of all Regt matters in Units of the Regt.
  • Overseas /Local Trg for all Offrs & ORs in the Regt.

‘A’ Matters

  • Promotion of Offrs & ORs.
  • Discipline, AWOL & Desertion
  • Extension & re-engagements, Discharges.
  • Regt Accounts incl audits.
  • Control of Regt Institutes.
  • Death Donation, Benevolent Fund, Insurance etc.
  • Postings & Transfers within the Regt, Inter Regt Transfers, ERE postings
  • Honours & Awards.
  • Deaths /Funerals.

‘LOG’ Matters

  • All matters pertaining to the allocation of votes and its distribution to Units.
  • Requirements to Units under Expenditure votes.
  • Co-ordinate and recommendation all A & I Capital work requirements to Units.
  • Transport & Fuel allocations to Units if & when allocated in bulk to Regt.
  • Feeding and accommodation of ORs & Offrs under comd to the Regimental Centre only.
  • All matters relating to stores & personnel under Comd to the Regimental Centre.

Official Contact Details

Col Commandant - 0342208156 / 0766907009

Cen Commandant - 0342208114 / 0766907573

Exchange/Fax - 0342251927

Email address - rhqslaoc@army.lk AND rhqslaoc@yahoo.com