4th CCC Contingent for Mali ready for departure

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Chief of Defence Staff and Commander of the Army, General Shavendra Silva received the formal salute of the 4th Contingent of 243 Army personnel, set to leave to serve in the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali (MINUSMA) yesterday (4).

The Sri Lankan Contingent of the Combat Convoy Company (CCC), composed of 20 Officers and 223 Other Rankers representing 12 Regiments of the Army, is scheduled to depart for the landlocked West African country Mali, beginning the second week of May (1st Group) soon after the already serving CCC in Mali begins to return home.

Wednesday’s (4) military ceremony at the GW Regimental HQ commenced soon after General Shavendra Silva arrived at the main entrance to be saluted in a formal Guard Turnout after he was welcomed by Brigadier Janaka Wimalarathna, Centre Commandant, Gemunu Watch. Following this, Major General Lal Chandrasiri, Colonel of the Regiment, Gemunu Watch extended a warm welcome to the Chief Guest and invited him to receive the Guard of Honour salute at the parade ground.

The highlight was the Chief Guest’s special speech. He congratulated all Officers and Other Rankers, bound for the mission and reminded the troops of the commendations the Sri Lankan troops have received to this date because of their commitment, performance of duties and strict discipline.

“For this 4th Contingent, the Army has received support of various regiments and State institutions. The Chief of Staff at the Army Headquarters, Regimental Colonels and Colonel Commandants, overseas Directorate, peacekeeping training school staff at Kukuleganga and all other stakeholders deserve my praise and appreciation.”

General Silva opined that the Sri Lankan troops deserve the best of opportunities and facilities, as they are always ready to perform their services to the best of their ability. “Your commitment is hailed and it is your duty to maintain that reputation all the time,” he said.

The Chief of Staff, Commandant, Sri Lanka Army Volunteer Force, Commander, Army Logistics Command, and Senior Officers were present.