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Sri Lanka Army Ordnance Corps
Cap badge of the Sri Lanka Army Ordnance Corps
Cap badge of the Sri Lanka Army Ordnance Corps
Active 29 March 1950 - Present
Country Sri Lanka
Branch Sri Lanka Army
Role Combat Support
Size 4 Battalions
Regimental Centre Panagoda Cantonment, Panagoda.
Nickname(s) SLAOC
Motto(s) To the Warrior his Arms
Anniversaries 29 March (Regimental day)
Engagements 1971 Insurrection
Insurrection 1987-89
Sri Lankan Civil War
Commanders
Centre Commandant Col R.V. Udawatte psc ATO
Colonel Commandant Maj Gen L.B. Aluvihare USP psc ATO

The Sri Lanka Army Ordnance Corps (SLAOC) a combat support corps of the Sri Lanka Army. The role of the corps is the procurement, receipt, storage, accounting, maintenance, control and issue of all types of ordnance stores. It is made up of three regular ordnance battalions and one volunteer (reserve) ordnance battalion and many independent ordnance depots give continuous support to the army. Headquartered at the Regiment Center, Panagoda Cantonment, Panagoda.

History[edit | edit source]

The Corps of Ordnance in the Ceylon Army was formed on 29 March 1950. Before this, the Directorate of Ordnance was established with the arrival of British Army Adviser Maj. H.P Bracher of the RAOC. The ordnance element of the Army consisted of two parts namely the Directorate in Army HQ and the Ordnance Depot at Kirillapone. In June 1954 the Ordnance established its depot affiliated to the Ceylon Electrical and Mechanical Engineers. When the requirement of storage facilities were increasing, the Ordnance Depot was shifted from Kirillapone to the Panagoda Cantonment in July 1955. Lt. Col. D.F.T. Abeysinghe was appointed Commanding Officer of the Ceylon Army Ordnance Corps in 1959. The Ordnance Corps did not have a Volunteer counterpart, but in 1980 a Volunteer company was raised as part of the Corps and now it is elevated to the level of a unit. The first Commanding Officer of this unit is Maj. B.S.G Nanayakkara.

Units[edit | edit source]

Regular Army[edit | edit source]

  • 1st Ordnance Battalion at Panagoda
  • 2nd Ordnance Battalion at Anuradapura
  • 3rd Ordnance Battalion at Mineriya
  • 5th Ordnance Battalion at Kankasanturei
  • 6th Ordnance Battalion at Kilinochchi
  • 7th Ordnance Battalion at Mulathiv
  • School of ordnance at Dombergoda

Volunteers[edit | edit source]

  • 4th Ordnance Battalion

Order of precedence[edit | edit source]

Preceded by
Sri Lanka Army Medical Corps
Order of Precedence Succeeded by
Sri Lanka Electrical and Mechanical Engineers

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