SLLI contingent leaves for Haiti

The formal official ceremony to wish good luck to the sixth Sri Lankan contingent of UN assigned Peace Keeping mission in Haiti was held at the Sri Lanka Light Infantry (SLLI) Regimental Centre, Panagoda Friday (8) morning.

49 Officers and 701 Other Ranks from SLLI left Katunayaka Bandaranaike International Airport for the State of Haiti on Friday (8) in a special UN flight. Colonel Chandana Wimalasiri will command the battalion in Haiti and Lieutenant Colonel L. M. Mudalige will be the 2nd in Command.

At the beginning of the event, officers and other ranks under the command of Colonel Chandana Wimalasiri accorded a Guard of Honour to Colonel Amal Karunasekara, Colonel of the Regiment SLLI who attended the event as Chief Guest.

SLLI takes the pride of being the first Sri Lankan contingent on UN Peace Keeping mission in Haiti. The first team left the country on 25 September 2004 Colonel Amal Karunasekara commanded the first SLLI battalion Haiti.

The rest of the contingent from SLLI Regiment will leave the island on 14th and 25th June respectively.

The Army had so far sent a total number of 270 Officers and 3882 soldiers for UN missions in Haiti where they have performed tremendously that brought glory to the country.



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