Army contingent leaves to join UN Interim Force in Lebanon

10th_Army_contingent_for_UNIFIL_leaves_20160229_02p3The 10th Sri Lanka Army contingent for the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNFIL) left the country today.

The Sri Lanka Force Protection Unit (SLFPU) is comprised of 150 army personnel including 10 officers and 140 other ranks. The first advance 49 member party of the SLFPU left the country prior to this team on 16th February.

The 10th contingent of the SLFPU include troops from the Sri Lanka Engineers, Signal Corps , Gajaba Regiment , Vijayabahu Infantry Regiment , Mechanized Infantry Regiment , Commando Regiment , Special Forces , Corps of Engineer Services , Service Corps , Medical Corps , Ordnance Corps , Sri Lanka Engineers and Mechanical Engineers , Sri Lanka Corps of Military Police and General Service Corps. The Special Force segment accompanied 04 sniffing dogs for VIP duties in Lebanon.

The formal passing out parade of the 10th contingent was also held at the Gajaba Regiment Headquarters at Saliyapura on 16th January.

The SLFPU in Lebanon is responsible for security and VIP duties at the UNIFIL Force Headquarters – Naquoura and it’s under command to the Force Headquarters Support Unit (FHQSU) which is directly under the Force Commander.

Since 2010 the Sri Lanka Army has to-date sent 9 such contingents to serve in Lebanon at the request of the UNIFIL. (Colombo Gazette)


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