52 Div was raised in PALALY on 24 August 95 and the Div HQ was relocated at VARANI after the reversals experienced in year 2000. On 08 January 2014, the Div HQ was shifted to the present location, MIRISUVIL. The Div comprises of three Bdes. 521 Bde at VALLEI, 522 Bde at VIDATHTHALPALEI and 523 Bde at ALLARAI.
FORMER GENERAL OFFICERS COMMANDING
|Maj Gen||PA Karunathilake RWP||25.08.1995||18.06.1996|
|Brig||LRC Goonawardena RSP USP IG||18.06.1996||15.01.1997|
|Maj Gen||AMGWB Senevirathne USP psc||15.01.1997||08.10.1998|
|Maj Gen||N Mallawarachchi RWP USP ndc psc||08.10.1998||28.11.1999|
|Maj Gen||PSB Kulathunga RSP USP||28.11.1999||20.01.2001|
|Maj Gen||DVSY Kulathunga RSP USP psc||20.01.2001||25.05.2002|
|Brig||N Wijesinghe USP IG||25.05.2002||12.09.2002|
|Brig||TW Jayawardena RWP RSP psc||12.09.2002||07.11.2002|
|Brig||GA Chandrasiri RWP USP psc||07.11.2002||28.05.2004|
|Brig||TW Jayawardena RWP RSP psc||28.05.2004||24.08.2004|
|Brig||NA Jayasuriya RWP RSP psc||25.08.2004||04.04.2005|
|Maj Gen||NA Jayasuriya RWP RSP psc||05.04.2005||25.05.2005|
|Brig||SG Karunarathne RWP RSP psc||26.05.2005||23.08.2005|
|Brig||J Jayasooriya USP psc||24.08.2005||04.06.2006|
|Maj Gen||J Jayasooriya USP psc||05.06.2006||19.08.2006|
|Brig||AM Perera RWP RSP psc||20.08.2006||31.12.2008|
|Brig||MK Jayawardena RSP||01.01.2009||20.01.2009|
|Maj Gen||MK Jayawardena RSP||21.01.2009||08.06.2009|
|Brig||SDT Liyanage RWP RSP psc||09.06.2009||03.12.2009|
|Maj Gen||NUMMW Senanayake RWP RSP psc||03.12.2009||09.02.2010|
|Brig||SAAL Perera RWP RSP USP IG||10.02.2010||21.07.2010|
|Brig||WAVA Sudasinghe IG||06.08.2010||09.01.2014|
|Brig||PWB Jayasundara USP psc IG||09.01.2014||03.03.2014|
|Maj Gen||PWB Jayasundara USP psc IG||04.03.2014||14.09.2016|
|Brig||WA Wanniarachchi RWP RSP USP ndc psc||14.09.2016||19.10.2016|
|Maj Gen||WA Wanniarachchi WWV RWP RSP USP ndu psc||20.10.2016||13.02.2018|
|Maj Gen||GJL Waduge RWP RSP USP ndu||14.02.2018||09.04.2019|
|Maj Gen||SS Waduge RWP RSP USP ndu psc||07.05.2019||29.08.2020|
|Maj Gen||K Liyanage RWP RSP ndu||03.09.2020||13.03.2021|
|Maj Gen||WHKS Peiris RWP RSP USP ndu||26.03.2021||31.08.2021|
|Maj Gen||MGWWWMCB Wickramasinghe RWP RSP ndu psc||03.09.2021||27.10.2021|
|Maj Gen||GGAS Wickramasena RWP RSP USP psc Hdmc||27.10.2021||11.03.2022|
|Maj Gen||HMU Herath RWP RSP USP psc Hdmc||11.03.2022||Up to Date|
Major General HMU Herath RWP RSP USP psc Hdmc
General Officer Commanding
52 Infantry Division
Major General Udaya Herath is presently appointed as the General Officer Commanding, 52 Infantry Division. He was born on 13th August 1968 and was a proud product of Royal College - Colombo. He enlisted in the Sri Lanka Army on 20th January 1989 as an Officer Cadet. Having completed his military training at the Sri Lanka Military Academy, Diyathalawa, he was commissioned into the Sri Lanka Light Infantry on 05 April 1991.
Major General Udaya Herath has been an exceptional character in both his school years and in the military career. Being a member of the Group 87 of Royal College, he had been a Senior Prefect, a Senior Cadet at the Royal Cadet Contingent in 1985 – 86 and had held the rank of Cadet Lance Corporal in his school years.
He has held numerous important career appointments during his military career in Command, Staff and Instructor capacities such as:
- Intelligence Officer - 3rd Battalion Sri Lanka Light Infantry.
- Adjutant - 3rd Battalion Sri Lanka Light Infantry.
- Officer Commanding - 3rd Battalion Sri Lanka Light Infantry.
- Operation and Training Officer - 3rd Battalion Sri Lanka Light Infantry.
- General Staff Officer 2 - Defence Services Command and Staff College.
- Commanding Officer - 1st Battalion Mechanized Infantry Regiment.
- General Staff Officer II - Directorate of Operations.
- General Staff Officer II - Headquarters 22 Infantry Division.
- General Staff Officer II - Regimental Centre Sri Lanka Light Infantry.
- Adjutant - Regimental Centre Sri Lanka Light Infantry.
- Officer Instructor - Institute of Peace Support Operations Training – Kukuleganga.
- The Dean, Faculty of Defence and Strategic Studies - General Sir John Kotelawala Defence University.
- General Staff Officer 1 at the Independent Directorate - Army Headquarters.
- Deputy Centre Commandant - Mechanized Infantry Regimental Centre.
- Centre Commandant - Mechanized Infantry Regimental Centre.
- Colonel Military Secretary - Military Secretary Branch.
- Commander - 544 Infantry Brigade.
- Commander - 652 Infantry Brigade.
- Director (Concepts& Monitoring) – Army Training Command.
Further, he has followed a number of Local and Overseas courses and attended many workshops /seminars as a professional mil offr. He has obtained his Master’s degree in Management studies from Osmania University Hyderabadin India. Some of the important courses are:
- Artillery Observation Course.
- Battalion Support Weapon Course.
- Operational Staff Duties Course.
- Air Assault Course.
- Intelligent Officer Course.
- Defence Services Command and Staff College Course.
Overseas Courses/ Visits/ Seminars:
- Infantry Young Officers Course - Pakistan.
- Officers Weapon Course - Bangladesh.
- Junior Command Course - India.
- United Nations Command Post Exercise - Bangladesh.
- Military Observer Course - Kenya
- Military Observer Officer - Sudan
- Higher Defence Management Course - India.
- Official Visit to Norinco Company - China.
- Transnational Threats Seminar - USA
- Official Visit to Maldives for Curriculum Review of MDF.
Major General Udaya Herath counts over 33 years of especially battle field experienced, dedicated, loyal and unblemished record of service in the Sri Lanka Army and was awarded five times by the Rana Wickrama Padakkama and two times by the Rana Soora Padakkama for his acts of bravery, Desha Putra Padakkama for being wounded in action three times in the battle against terrorism in Sri Lanka and he awarded with Uttama Sewa Padakkama for unblemished service.
Major General Udaya Herath is married to Mrs Senali Dulka Pereraand blessed with two Sons, Thevindu Udula Herath and Devindu Senal Herath.