Sri Lanka Signals Corps

The Sri Lanka Signals Corps (SLSC) (Sinhalese: ශ්‍රී ලංකා සංඥා බලකාය Shri Lanka Sana Balakaya) is a combat support corps of the Sri Lanka Army,[1] responsible for providing military communications, information technology and electronic warfare support. The corps is made up of a signals brigade, ten regular regiments and one volunteer regiment. It is responsible for installing, maintaining and operating all types of telecommunications equipment and information systems. It is headquartered at the Panagoda Cantonment.

Sri Lanka Signals Corps
ශ්‍රී ලංකා සංඥා බලකාය
ප්‍රධාන දොරටුව - සංඥා බලකාය 1.jpg
Entrance to the Signal Corps HQ
Active19 October 1943 - Present
Country Sri Lanka
Branch Sri Lanka Army
TypeSignal corps
RoleMilitary communications
Electronic warfare
Information technology support
Cyberwarfare
Size1 signal brigade
10 regular regiments
1 volunteer regiment
Regimental HeadquartersPanagoda Cantonment, Homagama
Nickname(s)SLSC
Motto(s)ස්ථීර ක්‍ෂණික Sthira Kshanika
(Sinhala: Swift and Sure)
Colors     
MarchBegone Dull Care
Anniversaries19 October
EngagementsSri Lankan Civil War
United Nations Stabilisation Mission in Haiti
Insurrection 1987-89
1971 Insurrection
World War II
Websitearmy.lk/signaller
Commanders
Centre CommandantBrigadier GS Fonseka USP psc
Regimental Sergeant MajorWarrant officer E M S C Ekanayaka
Colonel of
the Regiment
Major general P A J Peiris ndu
Notable
commanders
Lieutenant colonel D.V. Brohier (First Commanding Officer)
Major general W.J.T.K. Fernando
Major general C.J. Abayaratne
Major general A.M.C.W.B. Senewiratne
Major general Y.S.A. de Silva
Major general T.F. Meedin
Insignia
FlagSLA SLSC flag.jpg

Colonel Commandant of the SL Signals and Chief Signal Officer of the Sri Lanka Army is Major General HMLD Herath RSP USP psc. Brigadier BI Assalaratchi USP psc is Commander Signals Brigade, operationally in charge of all units and sub-units in the field.

The flag and cap badge feature Mercury, the winged messenger of the gods, who is referred to by members of the corps as "Jimmy".

HistoryEdit

Established on October 19, 1943, as a part of the Ceylon Defence Force[2] it was reformed as a troop of signals February 9, 1950 following the formation of the Ceylon Army in 1949. The initial task of this troop was to provide communications between Army HQ and its branches. In 1949, the Volunteer Signals unit was commanded by Lt Col CR De Silva. By the end of 1950 this troop had 1 Officer and 17 other ranks and their tasks included establishing a signals office at Army HQ, provision of a signal dispatch service, manning a switch board and the construction and maintenance of underground as well as field cables. In May 1951 another Signals Office was established in Diyatalawa to serve the Garrison HQ which was just formed at that time. By October 1, 1951, the troop was raised to a squadron with a strength of 4 officers and 142 other ranks.

In 1951 formal approval was granted to wear the Royal Signals badges with the additional scroll "CEYLON" on it and to adopt the Royal Signals march Begone Dull Care as the regimental march of the Ceylon Signals Corps and in 1959 the 1st Regiment of the Ceylon Signals was formed with Lt Col DV Brohier was appointed as its first Commanding Officer. In 1962 following the attempted military coup the 2nd volunteer signal regiment was disbanded and its remaining personnel transferred to form the National Service Regiment (NSR).

In 1972 with Sri Lanka proclaiming itself a republic, the Corps was renamed as the Sri Lanka Signals Corps. In 1980 a new Volunteer squadron was raised. The Corps has expanded to a level of a Signals Brigade with integral signals units under HQ Chief Signal Officer at the highest level of command in performing the classic role. The Signals Corps provides support to the combat and support arms by providing communications, electronic warfare and information technology support in the battle field and at the rear. All these signal units and sub-units administratively come under the aegis of the Regimental Centre located at Army Cantonment, Panagoda.

OrganizationEdit

Unit Established Commanding Officer Base
HQ Chief Signal Officer 06 June 2022 Major General HMLD Herath RSP USP psc Army Headquarters - Akuregoda
Directorate of Information Technology 1 March 2010 Brigadier GLSW Liyanage USP psc Panagoda Cantonment
HQ Signal Brigade 1 June 1988 Brigadier BI Assalaratchi USP psc Panagoda Cantonment
RHQ SLSC 19 October 1990 Brigadier GS Fonseka USP psc Panagoda Cantonment
1 SLSC 14 October 1958 Lieutenant Colonel PAR Anthonis psc Mullaitivu
3 SLSC 9 March 1989 Lieutenant Colonel HADW Hettiarachchi USP psc Palaly
4 SLSC 1 April 1991 Major RDRM Fernando RSP USP psc Anuradhapura
5 SLSC 1 March 1994 Lieutenant Colonel SALI Jayasena psc Padukka
6 SLSC (IT) 3 December 1996 (RFT Unit)16 June 2014

(Information Technology Unit)

Lieutenant Colonel W P D N Abeyrathne Jaffna
7 SLSC 1 December 2007 Lieutenant Colonel SAD Gamagedara USP Diyatalawa
9 SLSC 21 April 2008 Major BMMB Herath RSP USP Kilinochchi
10 SLSC (CT) 13 August 2000
(as the Signal Base workshop)24 April 2015
Lieutenant Colonel HMBMB Herath USP Panagoda Cantonment
11 SLSC (IT) 23 August 1990
(as the Electronic Data Processing Unit)21 September 2010
Lieutenant Colonel AMCK Gunathilake Panagoda Cantonment
12 SLSC (CS) 10 July 2015 Colonel KVP Dhammika USP ptsc Panagoda Cantonment
2 (V) SLSC 7 August 1980
(as the 1st (Volunteer) Squadron)13 April 1999
Lieutenant Colonel BP Udage Dalukana

The corps also runs a School of Signals[3] in Kandy, established on 15 July 1991. The school is currently under the command of Col SJKD Jayawardena USP psc, with Major KVA Kodikara psc serving as chief instructor. The Sri Lanka Army established a Directorate of Information Technology under the Signal Corps on 1 March 2010; its current director is Major General P A J Peiris ndu.

Independent Signal SquadronEdit

  • AHQ Independent Signal Squadron
  • Independent Composite Signal Squadron
  • EW Squadron
  • PA Squadron
  • LED Squadron

Past command staffEdit

Centre CommandantsEdit

Name From To
Colonel K.A. Gnanaweera 1990.10.19 1992.10.01
Colonel H.G.N. Padmasiri 1992.10.01 1994.09.01
Colonel M.A. Wipulaguna 1994.09.01 1996.10.19
Colonel K.S. Liyanage 1997.02.05 1999.01.13
Colonel Piyal Abeysekera 1999.01.13 1999.11.11
Lieutenant Colonel A.T. Banagoda 1999.11.11 2001.04.06
Colonel H.M.H.A. Herath 2001.04.06 2002.05.08
Colonel T.F. Meedin RSP Ldmc MMS MIT 2002.05.08 2003.08.10
Colonel S.A.P.P. Samarasinghe 2003.08.10 2005.01.03
Colonel R.A. Kaduwela 2005.01.03 2006.02.08
Colonel K.R.P. Rowel 2006.02.08 2007.11.30
Colonel R.A.S. Ranasinghe 2007.12.06 2009.10.30
Colonel M.T. Vaidyaratne 2009.10.30 2010.04.24
Colonel D.R. Dharmasiri 2010.04.24 2010.06.10
Colonel H.P. Seneviratne 2010.06.10 2010.10.05
Brigadier HP Seneviratne 2010.10.05 2011.02.06
Lieutenant Colonel L.S.P. Perera (Officiating) 2011.02.06 2011.05.02
Colonel D.R. Dharmasiri 2011.05.02 2014. 07.25
Colonel N.P. Akuranthilake 2014.07.25 2017. 01.10
Brigadier P.A.J. Peiris 2017.01.10 2018.07.18
Brigadier L.S.P Perera USP 2018.07.18 2020.09.22
Brigadier G.G.A. Gunasekara USP 2020.09.23 2021.09.14 Brigadier GS Fonseka USP psc 2021.09.21 up to date

Colonel CommandantsEdit

Name From To
Brigadier C.J. Abeyratne 1988.07.15 1991.04.01
Brigadier F.C.J. De Silva 1991.04.02 1991.10.15
Brigadier C.J. Abeyratne 1991.10.16 1992.05.01
Colonel K.A. Gnanaweera 1992.05.02 1993.06.27
Colonel H.G.N. Padmasiri 1993.06.28 1993.12.01
Brigadier A.M.C.W.B. Seneviratne 1993.12.02 1994.05.01
Colonel H.G.N. Padmasiri 1994.05.02 1996.10.20
Colonel M.A. Wipulaguna 1996.10.21 1996.12.11
Colonel W.D.N. Premasiri 1996.12.12 1999.02.20
Colonel Y.S.A. de Silva 1999.02.21 2003.03.12
Colonel Piyal Abeysekera 2003.03.13 2003.08.21
Brigadier Y.S.A. de Silva 2003.08.22 2004.05.14
Brigadier Piyal Abeysekera 2004.07.29 2005.12.26
Brigadier T.F. Meedin RSP Ldmc MMS MIT 2005.12.27 2009.07.21
Major General S A P P Samarasinghe RSP psc 2009.07.22 2011.08.29
Major General R A Kaduwela 2011.08.30 2013.04.10
Major General K R P Rowel RWP USP ndu psc 2013.10.04 2017.04.11
Major General B H M A Wijesinghe USP ndu psc 2017.04.11 2019.04.26
Major General N M Hettiarachchi USP psc Hdmc MMS 2019.04.26 2020.02.24
Major General D A P N Dematanpitiya ndu psc 2020.02.26 2021.01.14
Major General P A J Peiris ndu 2021.01.15 2022.05.05
Major General HMLD Herath RSP USP psc 2022.05.06 up to date

Notable officersEdit

  • Lieutenant Colonel Gotabhaya Rajapaksa, RWP, RSP - President of Sri Lanka
  • Lieutenant Colonel DV Brohier - First Commanding Officer, Ceylon Signals Corps
  • Lieutenant Colonel Basil R. Jesudasan - former Commanding Officer, 2nd Volunteer Signals, Ceylon Signals Corps & accused conspirator in the 1962 coup d'état attempt
  • Major General Piyal Abeysekera (also known as E.P. de Z. Abeysekera) USP, MSc - former Deputy Chief of Staff of Sri Lanka Army
  • Major General W.J.T.K. Fernando psc - former CO, 1SLSC
  • Major General C.J. Abayaratna VSV, USP - 1st Colonel Commandant, SLSC, former Signals Brigade Commander & former CO, 1SLSC
  • Major General A.M.C.W.B. Senewiratne VSV, USP, psc - 4th Colonel Commandant, SLSC & former CO, 3 SLSC
  • Major General Y.S.A. de Silva USP - 5th Colonel Commandant, SLSC, former Signals Brigade Commander & former CO 4 SLSC
  • Major General Tuan Fadyl Meedin RSP, Ldmc - 6th Colonel Commandant, SLSC, 1st Chief Signals Officer (CSO), Chief Innovations Officer (CIO), Signals Brigade Commander, Chief Controller- Centre for Research & Development (MOD), Centre Commandant & former CO- 1 SLSC

AlliancesEdit

Order of precedenceEdit

Preceded by Order of Precedence Succeeded by

AbbreviationEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ http://www.army.lk/
  2. ^ "Forgotten campaign, forgotten veterans".
  3. ^ http://www.army.lk/signaller/schoolofsignals
  4. ^ http://www.army.lk/medals

External linksEdit