On 4th March
2017 HE the President Maithripala Sirisena, Commander-in-Chief
of the Armed Forces made a first formal visit to Jaffna upon assumption
of office as the Executive President in Sri Lanka. HE the President,
together with several Cabinet Members, Acting Secretary to the
Ministry of Defence, Chief of Defence Staff (CDS), Tri-Service
Commanders and Inspector General of Police (IGP) attended a series
of meetings during the visit.
The Commander-in-Chief arrived to Palaly in the morning and was
received by the Governor Northern Province, CDS, Tri-Service Commanders,
IGP, Commander Security Force Jaffna, Tri-Service Formation Commanders
and senior Police officials in Jaffna.
Troops of the Security Force (Jaffna) - SF (J) in line with military
traditions accorded a drive-past Guard Turnout to the visiting
Soon after the military formalities, the visiting Commander-in-Chief
was invited to plant a 'Naa' sapling at the HQ SF (J) premises
as a symbol of memory of his visit.
As the first event HE the President had a cordial meeting with
a gathering of ex-servicemen residing in Jaffna. A cash gifts
of Rs 10,000.00 and gifts were presented by the President.
HE the President afterwards posed for a group photograph with
those representative ex-servicemen at the invitation of those
President Maithripala Sirisena then went to Sri Lanka Air Force
hangar where an estimated gathering of 4000 tri-service troops
and Police personnel were awaiting for the troop address of Commander-in-Chief
of the Armed Forces.
Nirmal Darmarathna, General Officer Commanding, 55 Division of
the HQ SF (J) saluted the day's Chief Guest and reported the gathering
Major General Mahesh Senanayake, Commander, Security Force (Jaffna)
delivered the formal welcome address on behalf of tri-service
troops, Police personnel in Jaffna Peninsula and invited to the
In his address the President insisted on the significance of raising
the standards of the services and the Police to match with international
standards through enhancing professionalism and training.
He also underlined the need of maintaining the hard-earned peace
for the country's prosperity and assured that the government would
to perform all possible approaches to sustain the status-quo.
The President mentioned that he would do everything possible to
make the Sri Lankan Armed Forces one of the best in the world
All Ranks lunch was held with more than 200 Army, Navy, Air Force
and Police personnel at Headquarters Security Force (Jaffna).
Major General Mahesh Senanayake, Commander, SF (J) presented a
special memento as a token of mutuality and honour.
Before his departure from the HQ SF (J) premises, he left his
signature in the Visitors' Book at HQ SF (J).
President Sirisena also took part in 'Tell the President' programme
at Governor's Office during the course of the day.