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Sri Lanka Electrical and Mechanical Engineers
Country Sri Lanka
Branch Sri Lanka Army
Service history
Active 12 December 1949 - Present
Role Combat Support
Size 6 Units ,3 Base Wksps, Armd Bn, Arty Bde Wksp & EME School Present strength is 145 officers and 4150 ORs.
Nickname SLEME
Motto Skill to Battle
Colors Oxford Blue, Golden Yellow and Signal Red
Battles 1971 Insurrection
Insurrection 1987-89
Sri Lankan Civil War
Commanders Maj Gen ALR Wijetunge USP

The Sri Lanka Electrical and Mechanical Engineers (SLEME) - is a Combat Support corps of the Sri Lanka Army. It is made up of six regular regiments and one volunteer (reserve) regiment. Regiment Center located at Kew Road, Slave Island, Colombo. Present strength of the Corps is 145 Officers and 4150 ORs.


The role of the Sri Lanka Electrical & Mechanical Engineers (SLEME) is to repair and maintain all electrical,mechanical biomedical and optical equipment in the SL Army, except for engineer plant and signal equipment. Repair and recovery teams are employed in the field to give repair and recovery support to operational commitments. In addition to its classic role SLEME is tasked to function essential services such as electricity (power generation), water supply drainage and railways during times of workers unrest and strikes. There are three base workshops at Udawalawe, Katubedda and Colombo for base repairs of vehicles/equipment. Corps is consist with a trade school to up-lift the knowledge of its members at Gannoruwa-Kandy. The SLEME also undertakes the production of Unibuffel APCs.


The Corps of Ceylon Electrical and Mechanical Engineers (CEME) was born on 12 December 1949 with the enlistment of 2/Lt. R.A.J Ratnam CEME. The CEME first became operative as a small workshop, located in the Army Headquarters premises under the advisory capacity of Capt. Roy Davies REME. Activities were initially confined to minor repairs to mechanical transport vehicles, armaments, small arms and the production of a large quantity of training stores. Later an engineer officer, Maj N.V Matthysz was appointed Officer Commanding and was its first Commanding Officer in the rank of Lieutenant Colonel. The unit moved to Kew Road, Slave Island (where its present Regiment Centre is) on 1 September 1950. This was a command workshop of the REME and the CEME was fortunate to get the building with some of the available machinery as most of such machinery was back loaded by the British before the hand over. The CEME strength when moving to the new premises was 1 British Officer seconded form REME, 2 Ceylonese Officers, 4-seconded NCOs from the REME, 14 other ranks and some civilian tradesmen.


Research began in 1983 by a concerned Infantry Major named Jayantha de Silva to locally develop an armored personnel carrier to protect troops against land mines and IEDs that became rampant in the northern and eastern provinces with the escalation of the Sri Lankan civil war. His design was different to that of the South African Buffels that provided protection only against land mines, in that the passenger and driver were in a single compartment built almost two metres from ground level to dissipate the explosive force of the IED. Subsequently the Army's Sri Lanka Electrical and Mechanical Engineers, to whom the construction of the original vehicles was entrusted, developed a second version based on the Buffels which had been brought in 1985. SLEME developed the Unicorn Mark I by 1987, that where produced in large numbers by the SLEME for the Sri Lanka Army and for the other services too with a total of 93 Unicorns being produced.


Since 2000 the SLEME shifted to producing the more advanced Unibuffel with a total of 53 Unibuffel being produced as of 2006.


Regular/Vol UnitsEdit

  • 1st Sri Lanka Electrical and Mechanical Engineers - Panagoda - Commanding By Lt Col Anura Peiris(SF - South)
  • 2nd(V) Sri Lanka Electrical and Mechanical Engineers - Diyathalawa - Commanding By Lt Col Nalinda Ariyasena
  • 3rd Sri Lanka Electrical and Mechanical Engineers - Minneriya-Commanding By Lt Col Priyankara Vithanage(SF-East)
  • 4th Sri Lanka Electrical and Mechanical Engineers - Jaffna- Commanding By Lt Col Anura Sirimannage(SF - North)
  • 5th Sri Lanka Electrical and Mechanical Engineers - Anuradhapura-Commanding By Lt Col Asela Amarasekara(SF-Wanni)
  • 6th Sri Lanka Electrical and Mechanical Engineers - Mulatiu- Commanding By Lt Col Waruna Perera(SF-Mulatiu)
  • 7th Sri Lanka Electrical and Mechanical Engineers - Kilinochchi- Commanding By Maj Ajith Hettige(SF-Kilinochchi)
Recently[when?] raised.

Base WkspEdit

  • Base Wksp Colombo - +94112436477
  • Base Wksp Udawalawa - +94472233202
  • Base Wksp Katubeddha - +94112635409

Base Wksp HistoryEdit


Base Workshop-Colombo

  • Col WPP Feranando Psc MIMI - 1992.05.01 to 1995.03.22
  • Col BDLND Thisera AMIMI - 1995.03.22 to 1995.10.31
  • Lt/Col HMWP Bandara PSC - 1995.11.01 to 1998.01.28
  • Lt/Col GS Padumadasa FIMI(UK)MIAC(SL) - 1998.01.28 to 1999.03.04
  • Lt Colonel MSG Gunawardana psc
  • Lt Col ALR Wijethunga USP
  • Lt Col JLCR De Sila
  • Lt Col AMN Jayakody Lsc
  • Lt Col PSRL Rajakaruna Lsc
  • Lt Colonel DR Mayadunna RSP
  • Lt Col MAAD Sirinaga
  • Major TMGGS Thennanakoon (Acting)
  • Lt Col SPAIMB Samarakoon (Acting)
  • Lt Col SDSH Gamage
  • Col PTM De Silva
  • Present Commandant is Col GSM Fonseka


  • Base Wksp Katubedda

Present Commandant - Lt Col Duminda Jayasinghe

  • Base Wksp Udawalawa

Present Commandant - Lt Col Indu Samarakoon Lsc


  • (v) Sri Lanka Electrical and Mechanical Engineers
  • Present Commanding Officer is Lt Col Nalinda Ariyasena

Notable membersEdit


Order of precedenceEdit

Preceded by
Sri Lanka Army Ordnance Corps
Order of Precedence Succeeded by
Sri Lanka Corps of Military Police

See alsoEdit

External links and sourcesEdit

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