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The formation of the Commando Regiment germinated in the backdrop of fast escalating international terrorism with the hijacking of Aircraft and other attendant terrorist activities including kidnapping which was a scourge for the peace loving citizens of the world. This concept was introduced to the Sri Lanka Army by the then Commander of the Army, Lt. General J E D Perera, VSV with the formation of an Advisory Board comprising of three Commissioned Officers and three Senior Non Commissioned Officers, who were delegated the task of formulating the training and instructional modules for a special commando course. The first course for instructors commenced at Ella Camp, Diyathalawa on February 9, 1978 for six officers and 24 other ranks and completion of the course the trainees were attached to their mother units. This training was broadbased for selected personnel from support and infantry regiments of the Army.
Tuesday, 22 June 2010 | 2151 hits | Print | PDF |  E-mail | Report | Read more
Sri Lanka/General
  Telephones - main lines in use: 2.742 million (2007)  Telephones - mobile cellular: 7.983 million (2007) Telephone system: general assessment: telephone services have improved significantly and are available in most parts of the country domestic: national trunk network consists mostly of digital microwave radio relay; fiber-optic links now in use in Colombo area and 2 fixed wireless local loops have been installed; competition is strong in mobile cellular systems and mobile cellular subscribership is increasing; combined fixed-line and mobile-cellular teledensity is about 50 per 100 persons international: country code - 94; the SEA-ME-WE-3 and SEA-ME-WE-4 submarine cables provide connectivity to Asia, Australia, Middle East, Europe, US; satellite earth stations - 2 Intelsat (Indian Ocean) Radio broadcast stations: AM 15, FM 52, shortwave 4 (2007)  Radios: 3.85 million (1997) Television broadcast stations: 14 (2006)  Televisions: 1.53 million (1997) Internet country code: .lk Internet hosts: 6,198 (2007) Internet Service Providers (ISPs): 5 (2000) Internet users: 428,000 (2006)  
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