REGIMENT OF SRI LANKA ARTILLERY - Once a Gunner is always a Gunner; whether Locally or Globally.

15TH MEDIUM REGIMENT

The origin of the 15th Medium Regiment Sri Lanka Artillery (15 SLA) can be traced back to 2008 (Army Routine Order- ARO 71/2007) when an ad hoc artillery coordinating headquarters was organized 03 officers and 08 other ranks at Helambawewa, Welioya on 10 February 2008 to coordinate Artillery fire support of 59 Division engaged in Wanni Humanitarian Operation. On 14 March 2008, this headquarters was deployed in Mannar sector and affiliated with Task Force 1 (later re designated as 58 Division) to provide Artillery fire coordination to Divisional Infantry Troops who involved in combat operations in the famous 'Rice Bowl'.

Lt Col K T A D S Kolambathantri RSP psc IG SLA (First Commanding Officer)

This ad hoc command element continued to operate under TF 1 until it was re designated as 58 Division with fire units of different calibers fetched from 6 SLA, 7 SLA and 8 SLA for the operational purpose. Since the need was felt for a fully pledged Artillery Regiment for 58 Division, 15 SLA was formed on 29 August 2008 at Kovilkulam in Mannar District. Lt Col K T A D S Kolambathantri RSP psc IG SLA took over the duties as the first commanding officer. Since the unit was raised while the fighting was on going the 15 SLA is nicknamed as the Fighting Fifteen. 15 SLA continued its march by raising 151 and 152 medium batteries on 22nd September 2008 at VELANKULAM and raising its third battery 153 medium at OTHIAMALAI on 01 December 2008 and its fourth battery 154 medium battery at IYYAKACHCHI on 12 March 2010 (on 12 February 2012 this battery was disbanded during the reorganizing process). Throughout the Humanitarian Operation 15 SLA had 120mm, 85mm, 122mm and 152mm guns in their batteries and they were privileged enough to hold newly acquired 122mm T-54 at the later part of the campaign. Following officers and Other Ranks served as the pioneer appointment holders of the regiment:

  • 2nd In Command Maj L C K Pathirana RSP SLA
  • BC- HQ Bty Maj W P K Senarath SLA
  • BC- 151 Bty Capt …………………………………………..
  • BC- 152 Bty Capt H M R Kumarasinghe
  • BC- 153 Bty Capt A D K Ganganath RWP SLA
  • BC- 154 Bty Capt W A C T Weerasooriya SLA
  • Adjutant Capt B P C Wanniarachchi SLA
  • IO
  • QM Lt (QM) J M W K Jayasundara SLA
  • RSM S/55454 WO II Karunathilaka M
  • RQMS S/55836 WO II Amunugama PGN
  • C C S/150045 WO II Laxman AAI


Bombardier Jayatissa TCRN (most to mostly)
( The one and only member of the regiment to pay the supreme sacrifice for the mother land )

15 SLA continued to serve under 58 Division and provided the much needed Artillery fire support to infantry troops to regain strategically important places such as MULANKAVIL, NACHCHIKUDAH, POONARYN, PARANTHAN, ELEPHANT PASS,DARMAPURAM, VISHVAMADU, PUTHUKUDUIRIPPU, IRANAPALAI, PUTHUMATHALAN and finally VELLAMULLIVAIKKAAL. The firepower delivered by 15 SLA was disrupting the terrorists operations and in order to neutralize the firepower, a suicide attack was launched on 15 SLA gun position at Vishvamadu on 10 March 2009. During this attack Bombardier Jayatissa TCRN gave his life to protect his comrades and guns and is the one and only member of the regiment to pay the supreme sacrifice during the Humanitarian Operation.

Col M P karunaratne IG(The second officer in the history of the regiment of Artillery to Command a regiment in the rank of a Colonel)

Beside this, one Officer and 03 ORs were wounded in action in the different stages of the battle. Throughout the Humanitarian Operation, Young 15 SLA proved that they are second to none in fighting skills, physical endurance and unflinching loyalty. After successfully defeating the terrorism in the country, 15 SLA found its second Commanding Officer, Lt Col M P Karunaratne IG SLA on 21 June 2010 who later became the second officer in the history of the regiment of Artillery to Command a regiment in the rank of a Colonel.


Subsequent to its operational deployment under 58 Division in KILINOCHCHI 15 SLA was re-assigned to serve under SFHQ (MLT) on 27 Oct 2011 at Vattappalai, MULLAITIVU. Mean time 15 SLA was able to acquire a 12 acre land in Ballala, Mahawa which belonged to Sri Lanka Broadcasting Corportaion for its Rear Head Quarters on 12 December 2012. After two successful years of service Col M P Karunaratne IG handed over his reigns to Lt Col D K S Jayasinghe RSP psc IG SLA on 20 August 2012 who became the third Commanding Officer of Regiment. With yet another two successful years regiment received its fourth and the present Commanding Officer Lt Col C A B Tennakoon RSP psc IG SLA who assumed his duties on 16 January 2014.

Lt Col C A B Tennakoon RSP psc IG SLA
(The present and fourth Commanding Officer)

Lt Col D K S Jayasinghe RSP psc IG SLA
(Third Commanding Officer)

LINEAGE

1. 01 Dec 2007 - Constituted in the Regular Force as 15 SLA (ARO 71/2007).

2. 10 Feb 2008 - Assigned to 59 Div.

2. 29 Aug 2008 - Lt Col K TA D S Kolambathanthri RSP psc IG SLA took over duties as the 1stCO and officially inaugurated the Regiment.

3. 22 Sep 2008 - Raised 151 and 152 medium batteries.

4. 01 Dec 2008 - Raised 153 medium battery.

5. 14 Mar 2009 - Assigned to TF 1 (redesigned as 58 Division).

6. 12 Mar 2010 - Raised 154 medium battery.

7. 21 Jun 2010 - Lt Col M P Karunaratne IG SLA took over duties as 2nd CO.

8. 27 Oct 2011 - Assigned to SFHQ (MLT).

9. 20 Aug 2012 - Lt Col D K S Jayasinghe RSP psc IG SLA took over duties as 3rd CO.

10. 12 Dec 2012 - Raised Rear HQ at Balalla, MAHO.

11. 16 Jan 2014 - Lt Col C A B Tennakoon RSP psc IG SLA took over duties as 4thand present CO of the Regiment.


GALLANTRY

S/N

No

Rank

Name

Medal

01

O/61664

Lt Col

D K S Jayasinghe RSP psc IG SLA

Rana Sura Padakkama

02

O/62702

Lt Col

C A B Tennakoon RSP psc IG SLA

Rana Sura Padakkama

03

O/62866

Maj

H A R Chandrakumara RSP SLA

Rana Sura Padakkama

04

O/63599

Maj

A D K Ganganath RWP RSP SLA

Rana Wickrama Padakkama, Rana Sura Padakkama

05

O/65303

Maj

T V N De Saa RSP SLA

Rana Sura Padakkama

06

O/65722

Maj

T A S M Tenuwara RSP SLA

Rana Sura Padakkama

07

O/65994

Maj

W M M R K Wickramasinhe RSP SLA

Rana Sura Padakkama

08

O/66989

Capt

A A Herath Bandara RSP SLA

Rana Sura Padakkama


 

 

S/N

No

Rank

Name

Medal

01

S/153736

Sgt

Chandrasiri R M RSP SLA

Rana Sura Padakkama

02

S/154249

Sgt

Priyantha W A K RSP SLA

Rana Sura Padakkama

03

S/153623

Bdr

Ranbandara K P RSP SLA

Rana Sura Padakkama

04

S/154983

Bdr

Madura Kumara T R RSP SLA

Rana Sura Padakkama

05

S/156271

Bdr

Rathnayaka S RSP SLA

Rana Sura Padakkama

06

S/157140

L/Bdr

Pradeep Kumara M A RSP SLA

Rana Sura Padakkama

07

S/159209

L/Bdr

Sanjeewa U K A T RSP SLA

Rana Sura Padakkama

08

S/158557

Gnr

Weerasinhe T M P RSP SLA

Rana Sura Padakkama