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A brave mission in the misty mountains

Army Commander applauds courage of SF troops in the face of a daunting search operation:
Pictures courtesy Sri Lanka Army
Pictures courtesy Sri Lanka Army

The bravery demonstrated by a group of Special Forces (SF) troops in the recent search operation concerning a missing person in Madulsima, off Little World’s End, received praise and admiration from Chief of Defence Staff and Army Commander General Shavendra Silva when he met the group at the Army Headquarters on Monday.

Commander SF Brigade Brigadier Thushara Mahalekamge and Commanding Officer, 4 SF Major G. H Amitha were also present when the Army Commander awarded the group laurels and certificates.

The daring mission by SF troops demonstrated many different aspects of their duties such as all time preparedness at the highest level, accomplishment of assigned tasks for best end-results, adoption of innovative and ad hoc measures for quick rescue moves and commitment for the greater benefit of own compatriots.

“Once you return to your Brigade, ensure the chain of your rappelling rescue movements along the cliff sans all required paraphernalia is well documented in your own handwriting, so that subordinates joining the Army after you could learn about the risks involved in such life-threatening roles and admire your efforts,” General Shavendra Silva said.

“It would not only enlighten you about achievements in future, but would also help rectify lapses, mistakes and experience, associated with the whole operation. These symbolic commendation mementos and letters of commendation would further inspire your commitment to this noble profession of unmatched nature, setting examples,” the Army Commander said.

“Your timely action once again endorsed the fact that SF troops are a special breed, prepared to take on any challenge at any time of the day, no matter how difficult and demanding it would be,” General Shavendra Silva, who is also the Colonel of the Regiment, SF remarked so to the 15-member SF team who called on him.

The Army Commander viewed a video clip on the entire operation and saw for himself how concerted efforts were made by the troops to go down the precipice, more than 1,200 ft in depth in search of the missing 35-year old media official, despite dark, misty, wet and windy weather.

Each soldier and Officer at the Commander’s office was presented with a letter of commendation plus a symbolic memento by General Shavendra Silva towards the end of the meeting.

Troops of the 112 Brigade and Special Forces (SF) recovered the remains of Dinura Wijesundara, who had joined a camping excursion with 11 more persons, from a depth of about 1,200 ft of the precipice.

Major General Kumara Jayapathirana, Commander, Security Forces-Central, 112 Brigade Commander, Brigadier Anura Dissanayake and Commander SF Brigade, Brigadier Thushara Mahalekamge, together with respective Commanding Officers carried out the entire operation that continued for more than 65 hours.