Sri Lanka Army Ordnance Corps

Sua Tela Tonati


Major RMPKI Rathnayake Lsc


A new Forward Ordnance Depot was established in Palali, Vasavilan under the 21 Div on 01st September 1980 to cater for the needs of the troops deployed in the Jaffna peninsula. In 1995, when the third Ealam war erupted, OC Troops 4 SLAOC was established at the premises of the Kankasanthurei cement factory on 26 June 1995.

In 2007, with the Inaguration of the OC Troops 5 SLAOC, it has been tasked to provide the needs of the 35,000 soldiers who were stationed under the 51, 52, 53, 55 Divs and 515 Bde in the Jaffna peninsula during the 4th Eelam War. They also repaired obsolete weapons and repaired about 3000 helmets per year and also produce mattress covers and stretchers for the use of the soldiers in their TAOR.

The Regt was highly commended at the fourth Ealam War by the Commander of the Army and area Commanders for their active contribution for providing Ordnance needs of soldiers deployed at forward defence lines without any inter upton.

During the Humanitarian Operation, an internal security platoon from the Corps consisting of 1 officer and 25 other ranks were deployed in the Forward Defence line under the instructions of Security Force Headquarters (Jaffna) /515 Brigade Headquarters. They successfully completed their task until the last phase of the war and brought honour and pride to the Regiment as well as to the Corps.

This Regt at present, is functioning as an independent Unit under the FMA (N) and is currently dep with Forward Ordnance Depot and Store Section (Kankasanthurei) with 10 Officers and 237 Other Ranks in the Jaffna Peninsula.

At present, this Unit provide ordnance support to many establishments including SFHQ(J). The 4 SLAOC (KKS) has been renamed as 5 Regt SLAOC with effect from 04 August 2009.

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. Capt EMUK Ekanayake 12.10.1996 23.04.1997
    2. Maj LMS Chandrasekara 23.04.1997 26.10.1997
    3. Lt Col GS Perera 26.10.1997 26.12.1997
    4. Maj GGD Gunasekara 26.12.1997 01.07.1999
    5. Maj SA De C Dassanayake 01.07.1999 08.09.2002
    6. Maj AS Amarasinghe AATO 08.09.2002 04.11.2000
    7. Maj SMAK Wanasinghe ato 04.11.2000 06.02.2002
    8. Maj DSA Dehiwatta ato 06.02.2002 31.07.2003
    9. Maj SMWBN Thalagahawatta ato 31.07.2003 26.06.2004
    10. Maj NAWP Perera ato 26.06.2004 04.02.2006
    11. Maj JADP Jayatilake ato 04.02.2006 11.04.2007
    12. Maj AN Amarasekara RSP ato 11.04.2007 14.08.2009


    S/N Name From To
    1. Lt Col AN Amarasekara RSP ato 14.08.2009 20.10.2009
    2. Lt Col MEP Weerasinghe ato 29.10.2009 05.04.2011
    3. Lt Col GKI Vithanachchi ato 05.04.2011 20.03.2014
    4. Lt Col BRA Jayarathne ato 20.03.2014 10.10.2016
    5. Lt Col ADJA Perera AATO 10.10.2016 18.01.2018
    6. Lt Col CD Samaratunga 18.01.2018 19.02.2020
    7. Lt Col SD Range USP AATO Lsc 19.02.2020 04.04.2022
    8. Major TMGBT Weligalla psc AATO Lsc 04.04.2022 29.02.2024
    9. Major RMPKI Rathnayake Lsc 01.03.2024 Up to date