Defence HQ opens new soldiers quarters

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Secretary of the Defence Ministry General Kamal Gunaratne participated in a ceremony organised on 8 June to open a newly built accommodation complex for soldiers attached to the Defence Headquarters in Sri Jayewardenepura, Kotte.

The Defence Ministry Secretary who was the Chief Guest of the event unveiled the plaque of the new building at the invitation of Chief of Defence Staff (CDS) General Shavendra Silva and Army Commander Lieutenant General Vikum Liyanage.

The new complex includes a welfare canteen, Seva Vanitha shop, medical inspection room among other essential facilities and could accommodate 740 soldiers.

Corps of Engineer Services, Sri Lanka Engineers, other Regimental manpower of the Sri Lanka Army, Navy and Air Force personnel have extended their technical expertise for the project.

The event saw a ribbon-cutting and traditional oil lamp lighting associated with formal housewarming ceremonies.

Gunaratne was welcomed by the CDS and the Army Chief on his arrival at the venue. Senior Officers including Army’s Chief of Staff, Commandant of the SLA Volunteer Force and Air Force representatives were also present at the ceremony.