Sri Lanka Army Ordnance Corps

Sua Tela Tonati


Major Thilina Ulapane USP psc ato SLAOC


The inception of this Regiment dated back to 1951 completing 64 years of history. It was then started as the main Ordnance Depot to the entire Sri Lanka Army. Due to the increasing activities of the terrorists in the Northern and Eastern provinces of the country in the 1980s, new Army institutes were established in order to fulfill the needs of the increasing number of soldiers.

Regiment was established on 01st July 1992 as 1 DOU to fulfill the Ordnance requirement of Army establishments. Its first Commanding Officer was Lt Col DSG Kempitiya USP ato. The following officers have served as Commanding Officers of the Div Ordnance Unit.

Commanding Officers of the Div Ordnance Unit

S/N Name From To
1. Lt Col DSG Kempitiya USP ato 01.07.1992 15.12.1993
2. Lt Col CJ Kottahachchi ato 16.12.1993 01.02.1994
3. Maj TMSHB Madugalle 02.02.1994 17.04.1994
4. Lt Col CJ Kottahachchi ato 18.04.1994 29.11.1995
5. Col CJ Kottahachchi ato 30.11.1995 30.11.1996
6. Lt Col MZR Sallay USP 01.12.1996 10.02.1997

After the establishment of Div Ordnance Unit, the first anniversary of the Unit was celebrated on 01st July 1993. The main gate to the Regiment was declared open by the then Regimental Commander Brig T Sivashanmugam on 02 May 1993.

With the rapid expansion of the Army due to operational needs, this Unit which was established as the 1 DOU was re-named and restructured as the 1 Regt SLAOC. Its first Commanding Officer was Lt Col MZR Sallay USP (11.02. 1997 - 24.07.1999). He was instrumental in establishing an Ordnance Museum which was a long felt need of the Unit.

The War Heroes' Memorial was declared open by the Regimental Commander, Brigadier RMBP Ranasinghe USP upon the invitation of the Centre Commandant Col BPHS Mendis and Commanding Officer of the 1 Regt SLAOC Maj HGI Vidyananda AATO on 12 Oct 2001.

Role and Tasks of a Ordnance Unit


To provide effective and efficient Ord supply to all dependent military estbs in AOR whilst ensuring responsibility and accountability in all Ord functions.


  • Advise the SFHQ/DIVs/BDEs/all military estbs in AOR on all Ord functions/matters.
  • Maintenance and by annual update of database of aval human, vehs, machinery, eqpt etc & applicable scales, staff tables relevant to Ord supplies in respective AOR.
  • Provision, receipt, inspection, storage, accounting, maintenance, issue and disposal of all types of Ord stores/vehs except clothing items in respective AOR as per relevant FRs, Treasury circulars, AHQ/DOS instructions and also ensure smooth functioning of Automated Material Management System.
  • Vetting and scrutinizing of demands/all types of Ord stores received to ensure acceptable quality standards and productive Ord supply system to the tps in AOR.
  • Carrying out of all activities involved in the entire procurement cycle for all types of Ord stores through Regional Procurement Committees whilst ensuring 'value for money' and proper financial management.
  • Design and development, manufacture, repair or modify the relevant types of Ord stores through all Ord wksps in the Unit whilst ensuring the acceptable quality standard and proper accounting of all raw materials.
  • Ensure proper accounting and maintenance of sufficient stock reserves of all types of controlled stores as directed by the respective controlling authority in the AOR/AHQ.
  • Conduct of annual Ord inspections in all dependent military estbs in AOR and submission/review progress of such inspection reports to Dte of Ord Svcs/dependent Units in time.
  • Monitor and supervise all Ord functions in all under command FODs/Ofirst & ensure proper accountability, responsibility and maximum productivity.
  • Nominate Ordnance representatives for all types of Bds of surveys in AOR in time and also conduct of trg activities (lectures/seminars etc) in liaison with respective SFHQ/dependent Unit estbs in AOR.
  • Conduct of all types of special to Arm trg incl on the job trg for all Ord functions for all Ord personnel under command within the AOR to ensure high level of technical competence.
  • Maintain op readiness to provide relevant Ord supply assistance to mil/civil authorities during an emergency/disaster situation in the AOR as per SOPs laid down by SFHQ/AHQ.
S/N Name From To
1. Lt Col MZR Sallay USP 11.02.1997 24.11.1999
2. Lt Col CRS Fernando AATO 24.11.1999 09.05.2001
3. Maj HGI Vidyananda AATO 10.05.2001 30.07.2002
4. Maj GGD Gunasekara AATO 30.07.2002 24.09.2002
5. Maj HGI Vidyananda AATO 24.09.2002 09.09.2003
6. Maj SHM Tilakaratne AATO 31.05.2004 01.05.2005
7. Lt Col SHM Tilakaratne AATO 01.05.2005 20.11.2006
8. Lt Col WAPM Wijesinghe RSP AATO 20.11.2006 31.07.2008
9. Lt Col DSA Dehiwatta ato 31.07.2008 18.03.2009
10. Col DSA Dehiwatta ato 18.03.2009 20.04.2009
11. Maj AGCR Amarasinghe (Over Looking) 20.04.2009 02.07.2009
12. Lt Col MR Wanniarachchi ato 02.07.2009 25.02.2010
13. Maj MAV Gunarathna ato (Over Looking) 25.02.2010 18.03.2010
14. Lt Col EP Hennadige 18.03.2010 03.04.2012
15. Lt Col CS Dissanayake ato 05.04.2012 06.08.2014
16. Maj GTS Silva Lsc (Over Looking) 06.08.2014 18.09.2014
17. Lt Col JS Weerakoon AATO 18.09.2014 05.11.2015
18. Lt Col AGCR Amarasinghe 05.11.2015 02.03.2018
19. Lt Col GTS Silva USP ato Lsc 02.03.2018 27.08.2019
20. Lt Col GAIS Nanayakkara AATO 27.08.2019 12.08.2021
21. Lt Col H M S S BANDARA USP ato Lsc 13.08.2021 09.08.2023
22. Maj KMTR Ulapane USP psc ato 10.08.2023 Up to date