During 1980 various terrorist organizations initiated communal riots in the Jaffna peninsula out of whom Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam was appeared to be stronger and that dominated the Jaffna town. As a result the civil administration of the Jaffna became unstable. It forced the Sri Lankan Government to go for a Military movement and hence established 51 Infantry Division in order to launch the RIVIRESA operation to regain the control of Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam foremost strong hold Jaffna. After successfully completion of the operation, 51 Division was established in the Jaffna town and created a peaceful environment for the Tamil community in Jaffna by improving the livelihood of the people and involving the nation building programs.
In accordance with the concept of the Commander Security Force Jaffna Major General M Hathurusinghe RSP ndc IG, 51 Division was re-deployed in KOPAY on 04th March 2011. The 51 Division became the first permanent Army Camp in the Jaffna peninsula after termination of the three decades long war and made to the history by then Commander of Sri Lanka Army General J Jayasuriya RWP USP ndu psc. The 51 Division AOR is located in Jaffna Administrative District consisting 328.7 km2 of land area.
51 Division was inaugurated with the command of Brigadier HNW Dais RWP RSP USP IG and it has been commanded by 27 commanders. It’s consisting with 04 Brigades affiliating with the 08 Battalions to provide security of the Jaffna area in order to maintain the normalcy. Following senior officers have served as the General Officer Commanders during the past history that expands over twenty four years.
FORMER GENERAL OFFICERS COMMANDING
|Maj Gen||HNW Dias RWP RSP VSV USP ndc IG||24.08.1995||12.09.1996|
|Maj Gen||KJC Perera RWP RSP VSV USP rcds psc||13.09.1996||23.12.1996|
|Maj Gen||LP Balagalla VSV USP ndc IG||24.12.1996||19.11.1997|
|Maj Gen||SHS Kottegoda RWP RSP USP||20.11.1997||16.07.1998|
|Maj Gen||PSP Munasinghe RWP RSP USP||17.07.1998||06.11.1998|
|Maj Gen||NR Marambe RSP USP psc||07.11.1998||14.01.2000|
|Maj Gen||GBW Jayasundara RWP RSP||15.01.2000||03.10.2001|
|Maj Gen||TTR De Silva RWP RSP USP psc||04.10.2001||16.01.2004|
|Brig||SG Karunaratne RWP RSP psc||17.01.2004||22.05.2004|
|Maj Gen||WUB Edirisinghe||23.05.2004||07.09.2004|
|Maj Gen||UBL Fernando RWP RSP psc||08.09.2004||01.01.2005|
|Maj Gen||P Pannipitiya RSP USP||02.01.2005||20.12.2005|
|Maj Gen||LBR Mark RSP USP||21.12.2005||01.09.2008|
|Maj Gen||SM De A Rajapakse RWP RSP Ldmc ndu||02.09.2008||13.11.2008|
|Brig||PWB Jayasundara USP psc USACGSC IG||14.11.2008||08.08.2009|
|Brig||MKD Perera RWP RSP USP||09.08.2009||16.02.2010|
|Brig||KLAS Wijesinghe RSP psc IG||17.02.2010||30.07.2010|
|Maj Gen||NJ Walgama RSP USP psc||31.07.2010||09.09.2011|
|Brig||AP de Z Wickramaratne RWP ndu psc||10.09.2011||20.08.2012|
|Brig||DMDCD Gunawardana psc||21.08.2012||27.05.2013|
|Brig||BWDP Abeynayake USP||28.05.2013||12.08.2014|
|Brig||M KD Perera RWP RSP USP ndu||13.08.2014||28.10.2014|
|Brig||SK Thirunavukarasu USP||14.10.2014||11.01.2015|
|Maj Gen||CP Gallage WWV RWP RSP USP USAWC||12.06.2015||04.02.2016|
|Maj Gen||MMS Perera psc||05.02.2016||02.01.2018|
|Maj Gen||AWMPR Seneviratne RSP VSV USP ndu IG||03.01.2018||26.06.2019|
|Maj Gen||BAL Ratnayake||26.06.2019||30.09.2020|
|Maj Gen||KPS Premalal RWP RSP USP - SLA||01.10.2020||31.03.2021|
|Maj Gen||DMKDB Pussella RWP RSP||31.03.2021||26.10.2021|
|Maj Gen||MGWWWMCB Wickramasinghe RWP RSP ndu psc MA (IR)||27.10.2021||Up to Date|
Major General MGWWWMCB Wickramasinghe RWP RSP ndu psc MA (IR)
General Officer Commanding
51 Infantry Division
Major General Chandana Wickramasinghe RWP RSP ndu psc MA (IR) is presently serving as the General Officer Commanding 51 Infantry Division in Kopay, Jaffna under the Security Force Headquarters (Jaffna). He was educated at Vijaya College Matale and Dharmaraja College Kandy. He enlisted in the Sri Lanka Army as an Officer Cadet in year 1989 and trained at the Sri Lanka Military Academy and Indian Military Academy. On completion of his military graduation, he was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant and posted to the Gajaba Regiment in year 1991.
Major General Chandana Wickramasinghe has held many important appointments during his military career in Command, Staff and Instructor capacities. He initially held all the Junior Command appointments and subsequently commanded an Infantry Battalion. Afterward, he held the appointment of Staff Officer (Administration) in Gajaba Regiment.
He served as the Dean, Faculty of Defence and Strategic Studies - General Sir John Kotelawala Defence University, Sri Lanka from the year 2013 to 2016 and also held the appointment of Research Coordinator at the same university. He performed as a Senior Staff Officer (Personal) at the Administration Branch (U 1) at United Nation Stabilization Mission in Haiti and received outstanding commendations for his service by the Chief of Staff of the Mission recommending him to employ at Branch Chief level in future multinational peacekeeping missions.
Prior to taking over the present appointment, he held key appointments of General Officer Commanding - 52 Infantry Division, Assistant Military Secretary at the Military Secretary’s Branch of the Sri Lanka Army, Military Spokesman - Ministry of Defence, Director Media - Ministry of Defence, Director - Media Centre - Ministry of Defence, Director - Directorate of Media at the Army Headquarters, Brigade Commander - 511 Infantry Brigade in Jaffna and Colonel General Staff - 22 Infantry Division in Trincomalee.
The dawn of peace paved the way for him to enter the academics, where he was able to successfully acquire the qualification of Masters in Arts (International Relations) at the University of Colombo, Sri Lanka. He is qualified as a trainer of trainees for United Nations Department of Peacekeeping Operations, Training Unit - Entambe Uganda for United Nations Civil Military Coordination (UN-CIMIC). He also followed National Security and War Studies from National Defence University of Republic of Korea, and also obtained language proficiency in Korean National Standard. He was awarded honorary Citizen in Nonsan City, Republic of Korea and was also a recipient of 6th Asia’s Education Leadership Award at Singapore. He is serving as visiting lecturer to Faculty of Graduate Studies at University of Colombo, Kotelawala Defence University and Defence Institute for Training and Education in Maldives and also at the Defence Services and Command and Staff College Sri Lanka.
He is academically interested in International Relations discipline, in that he has conducted lectures on Strategic Studies, International Security, Personality and Organizational Development, Emotional Intelligence and Management.
He has also presented a number of research papers and participated in academic symposiums and conferences. Among them, he took part in International Academic Forum conference in 2015 at Art Centre, Kobe, Japan and presented “Post World War II Japan Success Lessons for Post Conflict Sri Lanka’s Success”. He presented paper at Colombo University in 2014 on “Emerging Challenges to Homeland Security; the Sri Lankan perspective”. In 2015 and 2016 he presented papers on “Reforming Security Sector to Inculcate Professionalism; an integrated policy for Sri Lanka, Safeguarding National Security through neo realistic approach at Kotelawala Defence University International Conference. He was also an Editor of Annual Research Conference Publication of General Sir John Kotelawala Defence University, Editor, Annual publication of General Sir John Kotelawala Defence University - THE SILHOUETTE, and Coffee - table book of the University.
He has excelled at Rugby and is also a recipient of 1st Dan Black Belt in Taekwondo. He also participated in the II World Cadet games “Ecuador 2014” as a Team Manager and a Trainer. He is much interested in reading, travelling and photographing.
Major General Chandana Wickramasinghe is also a recipient of Rana Wickrama Paddakama and Rana Sura Padakkama two times respectively for his brave acts. He counts over 32 years of loyal and dedicated service to the Motherland. He is presently reading for Mphil/Phd in International Relations discipline at General Sir John Kotelawala Defence University on “21st Century Power Competition in the India Ocean and Sri Lanka’s Security”. He has been commended by the superior Officers at several junctures in his career for his invaluable and committed service. He is married and blessed with a son and a daughter.