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The Vijayabahu Infantry Regiment is an infantry regiment of the Sri Lankan Army. Formed on 22 March 1990, it is named after Vijayabahu I of Polonnaruwa (King Vijayabahu, 1055 to 1110 AD). The regiment consists of 17 regular battalions, 9 volunteer battalions and a headquarters battalion. Since 1993, its Regimental Centre is located at the Boyagane Camp, Kurunegala.

Vijayabahu Infantry Regiment
Active1 December 1980 – October 1983
15 November 1988 – Present
CountrySri Lanka
BranchSri Lanka Army
TypeInfantry
RoleCounterinsurgency
Forward observer
Jungle warfare
Raiding
Reconnaissance
Size25 battalions
Regimental HeadquartersBoyagane Camp, Kurunegala.
Nickname(s)Archers
Motto(s)"What – cannot they bear, those who are adept and well versed in their arts and crafts and professions"
ColorsMaroon and Gold
Mascot(s)Danurdha - Archer (Centaur)
Anniversaries26 September
EngagementsSri Lankan Civil War,
United Nations Stabilization Mission in Haiti
United Nations Stabilization Mission in Lebanon
Commanders
Centre CommandantBrigadier P M R H S K Herath RWP RSP
Colonel of
the Regiment
Major General R K B S Ketakumbura RSP
Insignia
Cap badge of the Vijayabahu Infantry Regiment"VIJAYABAHU INFANTRY REGIMENT" shoulder tab

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Originally formed in 1982 and disbanded in 1983 follow its amalgamated with the 1st Battalion, Rajarata Rifles form the Gajaba Regiment, the regiment was reformed on 22 March 1990. The first colonel of the regiment was W. J. V. K Wimalarathna. The regimental centre commandant was H. S. A. Perera. On 23 April 1993, the regiment was relocated to Boyagane Camp in Kurunegala District. The Regiment consists of 25 battalions, the first of which was established in 1988. The Regiment numbers 655 officers and 16,501 other ranks. A new Regimental office was opened in January 2010. It features a herbal garden in remembrance of the soldiers from the regiment who have been killed in service.

The Vijayabahu Infantry Regiment has deployed two contingents in December 2006 and June 2009 to the United Nations stabilisation mission in Haiti. and on 10 December 2011, one company to the United Nations peacekeeping mission in Lebanon.[citation needed]

The Vijayabahu Infantry Training School was formed at Sinhavilluwaththa Puttlam on 15 January 1991. The first chief instructor was Upali Fernando. The school has conducted over sixty courses with nearly three hundred recruits per course. Over 13,127 recruits have been trained for distribution to various regiments. Special arms courses for officers and men have also been conducted at the school.[citation needed]

The regiment provides death insurance for officers and other ranks. The Regiment Centre also runs the Vijayabahu Motocross, a popular annual motor racing event. The regiment has its own motor racing track, built in 1998. The aim of the motocross is to generate funds to provide welfare facilities for the families of the officers and other ranks killed or missing in action. It also aims to improve infrastructure facilities and rehabilitation work for disabled soldiers.

The regiment sports a volleyball team who won the champions of the Army "A" Division volleyball tournament of 2011. Disabled soldiers of the regiment participated in the Asian Para Games – 2011, as well as Commonwealth Para Games 2011.

The Vijayabahu Seva Vanitha Branch (wives' auxiliary) supports the families of fallen soldiers. They have taken steps to facilitate the constructions work of Abimansala – Brave Hearts Wellness Resort for totally disabled war heroes by donating Rs 1.5 million on 2 September 2010, Rs 100,000.00 on 1 October 2010, Rs 5.45 million on 4 October 2010 and Rs 6 million on 11 July 2011. The total fundraising was Rs 13.05 million. The Branch has held commemoration ceremonies for the families of the killed and missing officers on 3 July 2010 and 14 May 2011 and has built 19 houses for the families of fallen and missing soldiers. The women visit Ranaviru Sevana, Military and Mental Hospital, Mullariyawa.

  • Colonel Gamini Fernando 1 June 1995 – Commanding Officer of 1st Vijayabahu Infantry Regiment
  • Colonel Nizam Dane 24 June 1997– Commanding Officer of the 10th Battalion of the Vijayaba Infantry Regiment
  • Lt. Colonel T. R. A. Aliba 18 July 1996- Commanding Officer of the 6th Battalion of the Vijayaba Infantry Regiment in the Battle of Mullaitivu (1996)
  • Lt. Colonel N. H. K Silva 18 July 1996
  • Major Janaka Kasturiarachchi 18 July 1996 - Brigade Major, 25 Brigade in the Battle of Mullaitivu (1996)
  • Major C. N. Siyambalangoda

Regular battalions

  • 1st Battalion of the Vijayabahu Infantry Regiment
  • 4th Battalion of the Vijayabahu Infantry Regiment
  • 5th Battalion of the Vijayabahu Infantry Regiment
  • 6th Battalion of the Vijayabahu Infantry Regiment
  • 7th Battalion of the Vijayabahu Infantry Regiment
  • 8th Battalion of the Vijayabahu Infantry Regiment
  • 9th Battalion of the Vijayabahu Infantry Regiment
  • 11th Battalion of the Vijayabahu Infantry Regiment
  • 14th Battalion of the Vijayabahu Infantry Regiment
  • 18th Battalion of the Vijayabahu Infantry Regiment
  • 19th Battalion of the Vijayabahu Infantry Regiment
  • 22nd Battalion of the Vijayabahu Infantry Regiment
  • 23rd Battalion of the Vijayabahu Infantry Regiment
  • 24th Battalion of the Vijayabahu Infantry Regiment
  • 25th Battalion of the Vijayabahu Infantry Regiment

Volunteer battalions

  • 2nd (v) Battalion of the Vijayabahu Infantry Regiment
  • 3rd (v) Battalion of the Vijayabahu Infantry Regiment
  • 10th (v) Battalion of the Vijayabahu Infantry Regiment
  • 12th (v) Battalion of the Vijayabahu Infantry Regiment
  • 15th (v) Battalion of the Vijayabahu Infantry Regiment
  • 16th (v) Battalion of the Vijayabahu Infantry Regiment
  • 17th (v) Battalion of the Vijayabahu Infantry Regiment
  • Headquarters battalion

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Vijayabahu Infantry Regiment Article Talk Language Watch Edit This article needs additional citations for verification Please help improve this article by adding citations to reliable sources Unsourced material may be challenged and removed Find sources Vijayabahu Infantry Regiment news newspapers books scholar JSTOR July 2015 Learn how and when to remove this template message The Vijayabahu Infantry Regiment is an infantry regiment of the Sri Lankan Army Formed on 22 March 1990 it is named after Vijayabahu I of Polonnaruwa King Vijayabahu 1055 to 1110 AD The regiment consists of 17 regular battalions 9 volunteer battalions and a headquarters battalion Since 1993 its Regimental Centre is located at the Boyagane Camp Kurunegala Vijayabahu Infantry RegimentActive1 December 1980 October 1983 15 November 1988 PresentCountrySri LankaBranchSri Lanka ArmyTypeInfantryRoleCounterinsurgency Forward observer Jungle warfare Raiding ReconnaissanceSize25 battalionsRegimental HeadquartersBoyagane Camp Kurunegala Nickname s ArchersMotto s What cannot they bear those who are adept and well versed in their arts and crafts and professions ColorsMaroon and GoldMascot s Danurdha Archer Centaur Anniversaries26 SeptemberEngagementsSri Lankan Civil War United Nations Stabilization Mission in Haiti United Nations Stabilization Mission in LebanonCommandersCentre CommandantBrigadier P M R H S K Herath RWP RSPColonel of the RegimentMajor General R K B S Ketakumbura RSPInsigniaCap badge of the Vijayabahu Infantry Regiment VIJAYABAHU INFANTRY REGIMENT shoulder tab Contents 1 History 2 Training school 3 Welfare activities 4 Sports activities 5 Seva Vanitha activities 6 Fallen Officers 7 Units 7 1 Regular battalions 7 2 Volunteer battalions 8 Order of precedence 9 See also 10 References 11 External links and sourcesHistory EditOriginally formed in 1982 and disbanded in 1983 follow its amalgamated with the 1st Battalion Rajarata Rifles form the Gajaba Regiment the regiment was reformed on 22 March 1990 The first colonel of the regiment was W J V K Wimalarathna The regimental centre commandant was H S A Perera On 23 April 1993 the regiment was relocated to Boyagane Camp in Kurunegala District The Regiment consists of 25 battalions the first of which was established in 1988 The Regiment numbers 655 officers and 16 501 other ranks A new Regimental office was opened in January 2010 It features a herbal garden in remembrance of the soldiers from the regiment who have been killed in service The Vijayabahu Infantry Regiment has deployed two contingents in December 2006 and June 2009 to the United Nations stabilisation mission in Haiti 1 and on 10 December 2011 one company to the United Nations peacekeeping mission in Lebanon citation needed Training school EditThe Vijayabahu Infantry Training School was formed at Sinhavilluwaththa Puttlam on 15 January 1991 The first chief instructor was Upali Fernando The school has conducted over sixty courses with nearly three hundred recruits per course Over 13 127 recruits have been trained for distribution to various regiments Special arms courses for officers and men have also been conducted at the school citation needed Welfare activities EditThe regiment provides death insurance for officers and other ranks The Regiment Centre also runs the Vijayabahu Motocross a popular annual motor racing event The regiment has its own motor racing track built in 1998 The aim of the motocross is to generate funds to provide welfare facilities for the families of the officers and other ranks killed or missing in action It also aims to improve infrastructure facilities and rehabilitation work for disabled soldiers Sports activities EditThe regiment sports a volleyball team who won the champions of the Army A Division volleyball tournament of 2011 Disabled soldiers of the regiment participated in the Asian Para Games 2011 as well as Commonwealth Para Games 2011 Seva Vanitha activities EditThe Vijayabahu Seva Vanitha Branch wives auxiliary supports the families of fallen soldiers They have taken steps to facilitate the constructions work of Abimansala Brave Hearts Wellness Resort for totally disabled war heroes by donating Rs 1 5 million on 2 September 2010 Rs 100 000 00 on 1 October 2010 Rs 5 45 million on 4 October 2010 and Rs 6 million on 11 July 2011 The total fundraising was Rs 13 05 million The Branch has held commemoration ceremonies for the families of the killed and missing officers on 3 July 2010 and 14 May 2011 and has built 19 houses for the families of fallen and missing soldiers The women visit Ranaviru Sevana Military and Mental Hospital Mullariyawa Fallen Officers EditColonel Gamini Fernando 1 June 1995 Commanding Officer of 1st Vijayabahu Infantry Regiment Colonel Nizam Dane 24 June 1997 Commanding Officer of the 10th Battalion of the Vijayaba Infantry Regiment Lt Colonel T R A Aliba 18 July 1996 Commanding Officer of the 6th Battalion of the Vijayaba Infantry Regiment in the Battle of Mullaitivu 1996 Lt Colonel N H K Silva 18 July 1996 Major Janaka Kasturiarachchi 18 July 1996 Brigade Major 25 Brigade in the Battle of Mullaitivu 1996 2 Major C N Siyambalangoda Units EditRegular battalions Edit 1st Battalion of the Vijayabahu Infantry Regiment 4th Battalion of the Vijayabahu Infantry Regiment 5th Battalion of the Vijayabahu Infantry Regiment 6th Battalion of the Vijayabahu Infantry Regiment 7th Battalion of the Vijayabahu Infantry Regiment 8th Battalion of the Vijayabahu Infantry Regiment 9th Battalion of the Vijayabahu Infantry Regiment 11th Battalion of the Vijayabahu Infantry Regiment 14th Battalion of the Vijayabahu Infantry Regiment 18th Battalion of the Vijayabahu Infantry Regiment 19th Battalion of the Vijayabahu Infantry Regiment 22nd Battalion of the Vijayabahu Infantry Regiment 23rd Battalion of the Vijayabahu Infantry Regiment 24th Battalion of the Vijayabahu Infantry Regiment 25th Battalion of the Vijayabahu Infantry RegimentVolunteer battalions Edit 2nd v Battalion of the Vijayabahu Infantry Regiment 3rd v Battalion of the Vijayabahu Infantry Regiment 10th v Battalion of the Vijayabahu Infantry Regiment 12th v Battalion of the Vijayabahu Infantry Regiment 15th v Battalion of the Vijayabahu Infantry Regiment 16th v Battalion of the Vijayabahu Infantry Regiment 17th v Battalion of the Vijayabahu Infantry Regiment Headquarters battalionOrder of precedence EditPreceded byGajaba Regiment Order of Precedence Succeeded byMechanized Infantry RegimentSee also EditSri Lanka Army Gajaba RegimentReferences Edit Tenth UN Peace Keeping Contingent to Leave Soon Archived 26 June 2009 at the Wayback Machine Soldiers missing in action Anguished families still knocking on doors Sunday Observer Retrieved 20 February 2021 External links and sources EditSri Lanka Army Vijayabahu Infantry Regiment Unsung VIR Soldiers Commended Retrieved from https en wikipedia org w index php title Vijayabahu Infantry Regiment amp oldid 1049870572, wikipedia, wiki, book,

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