Office of the Chief of Defence Staff

The Office of the Chief of Defence Staff (OCDS)[2] is the Sri Lanka Armed Forces operational level headquarters of the Chief of the Defence Staff (CDS), responsible for coordinating joint armed force's operations. However the respective service commands have much autonomy for their deployments.

Office of the Chief of Defence Staff
OCDS
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RoleOperational coordination of the Military of Sri Lanka
Chief of the Defence StaffAdmiral Ravindra Wijegunaratne
Established15 July 2009
Constituting instrumentChief of Defence Staff Act, No. 35 of 2009[1]
Preceded byJoint Operations Headquarters
(2000–2009)
Joint Operations Bureau
(1999–2000)
Joint Operations Command
(1985-1999)
Parent agencyMinistry of Defence
SeatBMICH

It was formerly known as the Joint Operations Headquarters (JOH). The JOH was created in 1999 replacing the civilian Joint Operations Bureau which had existed briefly in 1999. The origins of the JOH could be traced back to the Joint Operations Command (JOC) established in 1985 due to the need of co-ordination of operations among the tri-services and the police with the escalation of the Sri Lankan Civil War. The head of the JOC is the Chief of the Defence Staff (CDS), currently.[3] The duties of the CDS was extended by the Chief of Defence Staff Act No. 35 of 2009.[4] JOH is located in Colombo.

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  1. ^ "Chief of Defence Staff Act No. 35 of 2009" (PDF). Office of the Chief of Defence Staff. Government of Sri Lanka. Retrieved 2 December 2017.
  2. ^ New name for JOH
  3. ^ Army, Navy get new commanders
  4. ^ Sweeping powers for Chief of Defence Staff

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