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Sri Lanka Army Ordnance Corps

Sua Tela Tonati

5 SLAOC

HISTORY OF THE 5th REGIMENT SRI LANKA ARMY ORDNANCE CORPS

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.

OFFICER COMMANDING OF OC TROOPS KKS

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

COMMANDING OFFICERS OF 5 SLAOC

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 ADJA Perera AATO 18.01.2018 19.02.2020
7. Lt Col SD Range USP AATO Lsc 19.02.2020 Up to date