Nandana Udawatta

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Who is Nandana Udawatta?

Major General Nandana Udawatta, RSP, USP, psc, SLAC is a Sri Lankan general, who is the current Commander Security Forces Headquarters - Mullaittivu and was the General Officer Commanding, 59 Division during the SLA offensives in the Wanni region during 2008 - 2009 period that led to a major victory for the SLA over the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam in the Sri Lankan civil war.

Educated at Royal College, Colombo, Udawatta joined the army on August 31, 1981 after leaving school and was commissioned in to the Sri Lanka Armoured Corps in 1982 as a Second Lieutenant. He was promoted as Lieutenant in 1984, Captain in 1986, Major in 1990, Lieutenant Colonel in 1997 and Colonel in 2000. He went to become the commanding officer the 5th Reconnaissance Regiment, SLAC and Commander of Armoured Corps four times and played a major role in operations such as Jayasikuru, Wanni Wickrama and Green Belt.

In 2006 he was promoted the rank of Brigadier and served as Deputy officiating GOC of the 57 Division. On November 13, 2007 he was appointed as officiating General Officer Commanding of the newly formed 59 Division. The 59 Division was tasked with single-handedly fighting its way to recapture the rebel stronghold of Mullaitivu from the welioya sector. The division captured much of the district of Mullaitivu, the major LTTE One Four base and finally the town of Mullaitivu during the Mullaitivu Battle in early 2009. On February 5, 2009 he was promoted to the rank of Major General. Thereafter on May 10, 2009 he was appointed briefly as Overall Operations Commander, Anuradhapura prior to being posted as Commander Security Forces Headquarters - Mullaittivu in June 2009.

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on July 23, 2013


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