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
|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
|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|