Sri Lanka Signals Corps

Sri Lanka Signals Corps

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The Sri Lanka Signals Corps (SL Signals) a combat support corps of the Sri Lanka Army, responsible for providing military communications, information technology and electronic warfare support. The corps is made up of nine regular regiments and one volunteer (reserve) regiment. It is responsible for installing, maintaining and operating all types of telecommunications equipment and information systems. It is headquartered at Panagoda Cantonment, Panagoda.

The Colonel Commandant of the SL Signals is Brigadier TF Meedin, who is also the Chief Signal Officer (CSO) and Chief Innovations Officer (CIO) of the Sri Lanka Army. Colonel K.R.P. Rowel is Commander Signals Brigade operationally in charge of all classic 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 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...
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