General Mahesh Senanayaka who held the office of the Commander
Security Force (Jaffna) - SF (J) more than one year relinquished
the appointment on 28th March 2017 to assume duties as the Chief
of Staff of the Sri Lanka Army. Prior to his leaving Jaffna, outgoing
Commander SF (J) visited 51, 52, 53 Divisions and Forward Maintenance
Area (North), Kankesanthurai and addressed the troops. He thanked
all ranks serving in respective formations for their high standard
of professionalism maintained during the past year and assistance
extended to maintain a peaceful environment in the peninsula.
On the 26th March, he was extended a Guard of Honour at the Headquarters
SF (J) by the troops of 10 Field Engineer Regiment.
appointed the Commander SF (J) on 28th January 2016, Maj. Gen.
Mahesh Senanayaka was the Military Secretary (MS) of the Army
and he has held many responsible command and staff appointments
in the Army and diplomatic appointments overseas.
Since the day he took over the office as the Commander SF (J),
Maj. Gen. Mahesh Senanayaka took special concern in uplifting
the standard of training of officers and other ranks to improve
their quality as professional soldiers. Infrastructure facilities
for training were improved and training opportunities for officers
and other ranks were widened. Initiating 'Palmyra Ingenuity',
the innovation exhibition, he made an opportunity to uplift their
At the same time, he looked into the welfare of soldiers serving
in Jaffna in many spheres and launched a number of welfare projects.
He opened the dental laboratory of the Army Base Hospital Palaly.
Moreover, he expanded the facilities at the Thalsevana Holiday
He facilitated religious functions at Hindu temples, Cristian
Churches within the Palaly Army Cantonment extending necessary
assistance to temple authorities and providing facilities to devotees
participating in those festivals. By initiating 'Ranaviru Vir--Sara'
card programme he provided identity to ex-servicemen in Jaffna
peninsula. Further, 133 houses were constructed and handed over
to Internally Displaced People (IDP) in Jaffna.
Mahesh Senanayaka simultaneously held the appointment of Colonel
Commandant Sri Lanka Army Special Force in which he is continuing
Commander SF (J) placed his signature in the Visitors' Book to
mark his victorious tenure at the Security Force (Jaffna).
Maj. Gen. Darshana Hettiarachchi was successor to Maj. Gen. Mahesh