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


Crest (top) and entrance to the Signals Corps HQ (bottom)
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 L S P Perera USP
Regimental Sergeant MajorWarrant officer S N Senevirathna
Colonel of
the Regiment
Major general N M Hettiarachchi VSV USP psc Hdmc MMS
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
Flag

The Colonel Commandant of the SL Signals is Major General N M Hettiarachchi VSV USP psc Hdmc MMS, who is also the Chief Signal Officer of the Sri Lanka Army. Colonel W L Premasiri USP 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".

History

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.

Organization

Unit Established Commanding Officer Base
HQ Chief Signal Officer 12 March 2007 Major General NM Hettiarachchi VSV USP psc Hdmc MMS Panagoda Cantonment
HQ Signal Brigade 1 June 1988 Colonel WL Premasiri USP Panagoda Cantonment
Directorate of Information Technology 1 March 2010 Brigadier NP Akuranthilake Panagoda Cantonment
RHQ SLSC 19 October 1990 Brigadier LSP Perera USP Panagoda Cantonment
1 SLSC 14 October 1958 Lieutenant Colonel TS Liyanagunawardhana Mullaitivu
3 SLSC 9 March 1989 Lieutenant Colonel NPA Mendis psc Palaly
4 SLSC 1 April 1991 Lieutenant Colonel PPC Perera psc Anuradhapura
5 SLSC 1 March 1994 Lieutenant Colonel PHN Chandrasekara Padukka
6 SLSC (IT) 3 December 1996 (RFT Unit)16 June 2014

(Information Technology Unit)

Lieutenant Colonel MAK Jayawardhana psc Jaffna
7 SLSC 1 December 2007 Lieutenant Colonel MR Hameem USP Diyatalawa
9 SLSC 21 April 2008 Lieutenant Colonel MKG Perera RSP USP Kilinochchi
10 SLSC (CT) 13 August 2000
(as the Signal Base workshop)24 April 2015
Lieutenant Colonel MRMRLB Meegasthanna USP Panagoda Cantonment
11 SLSC (IT) 23 August 1990
(as the Electronic Data Processing Unit)21 September 2010
Lieutenant Colonel RC Wijekoon USP psc Panagoda Cantonment
12 SLSC (CS) 10 July 2015 Colonel KC Prathapasinghe Panagoda Cantonment
2 (V) SLSC 7 August 1980
(as the 1st (Volunteer) Squadron)13 April 1999
Lieutenant Colonel AAT Somarathna USP Welikanda

The Corps also runs a School of Signals[3] in Kandy, established on 15 July 1991. The School is currently under the command of Colonel BI Assalaratchi USP psc, with Major J Kumar psc (Overlooking) 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 Brigadier N P Akuranthilake.

Independent Signal Squadron

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

Past command staff

Centre Commandants

NameFromTo
Colonel K.A. Gnanaweera1990.10.191992.10.01
Colonel H.G.N. Padmasiri1992.10.011994.09.01
Colonel M.A. Wipulaguna1994.09.011996.10.19
Colonel K.S. Liyanage1997.02.051999.01.13
Colonel Piyal Abeysekera1999.01.131999.11.11
Lieutenant Colonel A.T. Banagoda1999.11.112001.04.06
Colonel H.M.H.A. Herath2001.04.062002.05.08
Colonel T.F. Meedin RSP Ldmc MMS MIT2002.05.082003.08.10
Colonel S.A.P.P. Samarasinghe2003.08.102005.01.03
Colonel R.A. Kaduwela2005.01.032006.02.08
Colonel K.R.P. Rowel2006.02.082007.11.30
Colonel R.A.S. Ranasinghe2007.12.062009.10.30
Colonel M.T. Vaidyaratne2009.10.302010.04.24
Colonel D.R. Dharmasiri2010.04.242010.06.10
Colonel H.P. Seneviratne2010.06.102010.10.05
Brigadier HP Seneviratne2010.10.052011.02.06
Lieutenant Colonel L.S.P. Perera (Officiating)2011.02.062011.05.02
Colonel D.R. Dharmasiri2011.05.022014. 07.25
Colonel N.P. Akuranthilake2014.07.252017. 01.10
Brigadier P.A.J. Peiris2017.01.102018.07.18
Brigadier L.S.P Perera USP2018.07.18

Colonel Commandants

NameFromTo
Brigadier C.J. Abeyratne15.07.198801.04.1991
Brigadier F.C.J. De Silva02.04.199115.10.1991
Brigadier C.J. Abeyratne16.10.199101.05.1992
Colonel K.A. Gnanaweera02.05.199227.06.1993
Colonel H.G.N. Padmasiri28.06.199301.12.1993
Brigadier A.M.C.W.B. Seneviratne02.12.199301.05.1994
Colonel H.G.N. Padmasiri02.05.199420.10.1996
Colonel M.A. Wipulaguna21.10.199611.12.1996
Colonel W.D.N. Premasiri12.12.199620.02.1999
Colonel Y.S.A. de Silva21.02.199912.03.2003
Colonel Piyal Abeysekera13.03.200321.08.2003
Brigadier Y.S.A. de Silva22.08.200314.05.2004
Brigadier Piyal Abeysekera29.07.200426.12.2005
Brigadier T.F. Meedin RSP Ldmc MMS MIT27.12.200521.07.2009
Major General S A P P Samarasinghe RSP psc22.07.200929.08.2011
Major General R A Kaduwela30.08.201110.04.2013
Major General K R P Rowel RWP USP ndu psc04.10.201311.04.2017
Major General B H M A Wijesinghe USP ndu psc11.04.20172019.04.26
Major General N M Hettiarachchi USP psc Hdmc MMS2019.04.26

Notable members

  • 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
  • Lieutenant Colonel Gotabhaya Rajapaksa, RWP, RSP- former Secretary to the Ministry of Defence, Public Security, Law & Order
  • 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 Sig Brigade Commander & former CO 4 SLSC
  • Major General Tuan Fadyl Meedin [[Rana Sura Padakkama - RSP (Twice) Ldmc MMS MIT CSMP M. ISMI] - 6th Colonel Commandant, SLSC, former Chief Signals Officer (CSO), Chief Innovations Officer (CIO), Signal Brigade Commander, Chief Controller- Centre for Research & Development (MOD), Centre Commandant & former CO- 1 SLSC

Alliances

Order of precedence

Preceded by
Sri Lanka Engineers
Order of Precedence Succeeded by
Sri Lanka Light Infantry

Abbreviation

References

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