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Asian Tribune is published by E-LANKA MEDIA(PVT)Ltd. Vol. 20 No. 79

Lt. General G S C Fonseka - new commander of SL Army

[b]Lt. General G S C Fonseka - new commander of SL Army[/b]

[b] Colombo, 06 December:[/b] Effective from today Lieutenant General G S C Fonseka RWP RSP rcds psc has been appointed the Commander of the Army in Sri Lanka. Widely admired as one of the great battle-hardened warriors of our times, Lieutenant General G. S. C Fonseka has served largely as an illustrious infantry soldier in the northern theatre of war during his exemplary career, particularly at the peak of Tamil Tiger terrorism.

To his credit, when the Jaffna Fort was under siege for a long period, then Colonel G. S. C Fonseka led troops in the famous “Midnight Express” operation to rescue troops. Incidentally, the incumbent Secretary Defence Lieutenant Colonel Gotabaya Rajapakse too was with him and together they rescued the lives of hundreds of troops who would always remember them for their leadership and bravery.

His enormous contribution as Deputy General Officer Commanding to conduct operation, ‘Riviresa’ to evict terrorists and capture Jaffna town in December 1995 continues to remain a living memory because of the dynamic leadership he jointly imparted to his fellow-soldiers, and his meticulously planned tactical knowledge of the warfare, he has possessed. In the same vein, troops commanded by Lt. Gen Fonseka offered stiff resistance to Tamil Tigers during operation ‘unceasing waves’ in 2000, and further consolidated the security network to Jaffna during his four-month stint as Commander, Security Forces Headquarters, Jaffna .

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