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61 Infantry Division

INTRODUCTION OF THE AOR

The AOR spans for 9275 Sqkm of total land area which is home to a population of approximately about 5069472 persons in five administrative districts of Kalutara, Galle, Matara, Ratnapura and Kegalle as well as parts of Western, Southern and Sabaragamuwa Provinces are within the AOR of 61 Division. A total no of 77 DS Divisions are included within the AOR. Four Main rivers flow through the AOR namely Kalu River, Gin River, Nilwala River and Attanagalu oya. The AOR is susceptible to disasters like floods, earth slips, tidal waves and bush fires. Demographically all main races live within the AOR including a considerable population of Tamils and Muslims interspersed with Sinhalese. 611 Inf Bde resp for Kegalle and Rathnapura Districts, 612 Inf Bde resp for Kaluthara District and 613 Inf Bde resp for Galle and Matara Districts.

HISTORY OF THE 61 INFANTRY DIVISION

61 Division was raised on 30 May 2008 at Gajasinghapura with the intention of taking over the responsibility of captured areas and relieve 58 Div. Initially, Div had two Bdes namely 611 Bde & 612 Bde. Later, Div was redeployed at Velankulam on 11 July 2008. Subsequently, 613 Bde was raised on 20 Jan 2011. At present, 61 Div att under SF HQ (West) deployed at Boossa on 27 January 2020.

PAST DIV COMMDS

Maj Gen S W L Daulagala RSP USP From 30 May 2008 to 03 Sep 2008

Brig A P D E Z Wikramaratne RWP psc
From 03 Sep 2008 to 03 Jul 2009

Brig A W M A W N Ranawana RWP RSP psc
From 03 Jul 2009 to 09 Jun 2010

Brig A Kariyakarawana USP
From 10 Jun 2010 to 13 Jan 2013
 

Brig D M W W W M R B M Daulagala RSP
From 13 Jan 2013 to 26 Jan 2015

Brig W A Wanniarachchi RWP RSP USP psc
From 28 Jan 2015 to 03 Aug 2015

Maj Gen S H F P Perera RSP ndu
From 05 Aug 2015 to 25 Mar 2017

Brig W G H A S Bandara RWP RSP
From 07 Apr 2017 to 24 Jul 2017

Maj Gen D M S Dissanayake WWV RWP RSP USP ndu
From 10 Aug 2017 to 01 Jun 2018

Brig K D C G J Thilakarathne RWP RSP
From 04 Jun 2018 to 17 Jul 2019

Maj Gen R K B S Ketakumbura RSP
From 17 Jul 2019 to 04 Mar 2020

K H P P Fernando RWP RSP USP ndu
From 05 Mar 2020 to 11 Sep 2020

W A S S Wanasinghe RSP USP ndu
From 15 Sep 2020 to 15 Jan 2021

Maj Gen D G Hewage RSP
From 15 Jan 2021 up to now