8th Regiment SLAC is presently the Reinforcement Regiment of the Corps. The cadre strength was fulfilled by absorbing officers and men from the classic regiments. The Armour Brigade and Regimental Centre has made it a requirement for officers and men to serve a given period in the 8th Regiment to gain experience on infantry duties.
8th Regiment was formed on 30th July 1998 at vasavilan. Officers and men of the regiment under go training both in armour and infantry roles.
Immediately after the raising of the Regiment, training started at Vasavilan camp from 03 August 1998. After the training, 04 Officers and 78 men was attached to 512 Brigade for operational duties. B Squadron was deployed at Kadduwan School, Headquarter and A Squadrons were deployed at Vasavilan area. After the LTTE attacked Paranthan, the entire Regiment (10 x 202) was deployed in Paranthan Forward Defence Line. Tactical Headquarter and B Squadron were redeployed at Kilaly on 11 November 1998. On 18 November 1998 B Squadron was deployed under 523 Brigade in Nagarkovil area.
On 04 January 1999 A Squadron was released from the 545 brigade and was deployed under 523 Brigade in Varani. Withthe instructions of 523 brigade 08 x roadblocks were established by the unit in Kilaly area on 06 April 2000 and civilians were permitted to enter in to Jaffna via those road blocks. On 28 April 2000, the entire Regiment was redeployed in Nagarkovil area under 546 Brigade.
On 21 February 1999 B Squadron was deployed along the Kilaly - Eluthumaduwal road for route protection. On 21 March 2000, the troops of A and B Squadrons deployed along Kilaly were attacked by the LTTE, who came by boats from Pooneryn area. Troops of the unit and the Navy sub unit deployed at Kilaly successfully repulsed the attack. Since then the regiment is involved in defencive operations under the 55 Division in Eluthumaduwal sector.
In 2005, the regiment was deployed in Kilaly and performed duties in the Forward Defence Line under 55 Division. Late in 2008, the regiment was deployed in the Muhamalaiand Vettalaikernidefence line as a part of the Humanitarian Operation.At the end of the Humanitarian Operation the regiment was re deployed in Telippilai, Kadduwan, Kovillakkandi and Durgapuram under 515 brigade.In 2011 after a stint of 13 years in the Jaffna peninsula the regiment was deployed in Buttala after training in Walamandiya. On 3rd March 2012, the regiment was amalgamated withthe 10th regiment of the Sri Lanka Armoured Corps which was disbanded.Later the regiment was called upon to serve at the Army headquarters as the Commanders Security Unit. Since 2013, the regiment is deployed in Colombo in support of the projects undertaken by the Ministry of Defence and Urban Development. The RHQ and HQ Squadron is deployed in Dombawelagama.
|Major LDRS Kumara||1998.07.30||1998.11.28|
|Major GD Abeygunawardana RWP RSP USP||1999.01.25||2001.02.19|
|Major ALPS Thilakarathne Psc||2001.01.20||2002.04.02|
|Major WA Ariyarathne||2002.04.03||2004.05.04|
|Major SAU Nanayakkara||2004.05.04||2005.01.15|
|Major EMLUKE Ekanayake||2005.01.15||2006.08.02|
|Major GD Sooriya Bandara||2006.08.02||2008.01.28|
|Major WASM Wijedasa Psc||2008.01.28||2008.03.31|
|Major JB Weragama Psc||2003.03.31||2009.03.11|
|Major SD Meepagala||2009.03.11||2009.04.01|
|Lieutenant Colonel SD Meepagala||2009.04.01||2010.07.01|
|Lieutenant Colonel PR Prthiravithana Psc||2010.07.01||2011.05.01|
|Lieutenant Colonel MWARC Wijesooriya||2011.05.01||2012.03.31|
|Lieutenant Colonel PAM Pieris Psc||2012.03.31||2013.01.09|
|Lieutenant Colonel UK Wikramaarachchi||2013.01.09||Up To Date|
SECOND IN COMMAND
|Major WA Ariyarathne||1998.07.30||1999.11.28|
|Major JAN Jayasinghe||2000.01.14||2001.11.23|
|Major KGMS Pranando||2001.11.24||2002.02.06|
|Major MHAD Hettiarachchi||2002.02.07||2003.01.12|
|Major GD Sooriya Banadara||2003.01.13||2006.01.20|
|Major SD Meepagala||2003.01.13||2006.01.20|
|Major WP Kariyawasam||2006.01.20||2007.07.27|
|Major KGSM Senevirathne||2009.02.28||2009.12.19|
|Major DKRN Silva Psc||2010.03.01||2011.06.11|
|Major RRMPNB Babaradeniya RWP RSP Psc||2011.06.11||2012.03.31|
|Major PM DE Silva RSP||2012.03.31||Up To Date|