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Nalin Seneviratne
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Seneviratne in the 1980s
Born(1931-08-25)25 August 1931
Died12 August 2009(2009-08-12) (aged 77)
AllegianceSri Lanka
Service/branch Sri Lanka Army
Years of service1953 -1988
RankGeneral
UnitSri Lanka Engineers
Commands heldCommander of the Army
Battles/wars1971 Insurrection,
Sri Lankan Civil War
AwardsVishista Seva Vibhushanaya medal bar.svg Vishista Seva Vibhushanaya
Other workGovernor of the North East Province

General Ganegoda Appuhamelage Don Granville Nalin Seneviratne, VSV (August 25, 1931 – August 12, 2009) was a Sri Lankan Army officer. He was the Commander of the Sri Lankan Army from 1985 to 1988 and first Governor of the North East Province.

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Early life and education

Born to Irwin Seneviratne and Irene Seneviratne née Rodrigo from Sapugaskanda, Heiyantuduwa in Gampaha District. He had three brothers. The eldest two were Tissa Seneviratne, an Engineer and Ana Seneviratne, a police officer who served as Inspector General of Police from 1978 to 1982; the youngest was Gamini Seneviratne, a diplomat who was Sri Lankan Ambassador to Thailand and Republic of Korea. Educated at Royal College Colombo, Seneviratne excelled in sports and academics. He took part in athletic and rugby, and was a Regimental Sergeant Major of the College Cadet Corps.

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Gampaha District

Gampaha District

Gampaha District is one of the 25 districts of Sri Lanka, the second level administrative division of the country. It is the second most populous district of Sri Lanka after Colombo District. The district is administered by a District Secretariat headed by a District Secretary appointed by the central government of Sri Lanka. The capital of the district is the town of Gampaha. Negombo however is the largest city and the commercial hub of Gampaha district. The district was carved out of the northern part of Colombo District in September 1978.

Ana Seneviratne

Ana Seneviratne

Ganegoda Appuhamelage Don Edmund Ananda Seneviratne was a former Sri Lankan Inspector-General of Police, Sri Lankan High Commissioner to Malaysia, former adviser to Cabinet Minister of National Security and ex member Public Service Commission of Sri Lanka.

Inspector General of Police (Sri Lanka)

Inspector General of Police (Sri Lanka)

The Inspector General of Police (IGP) is the professional head of the Sri Lanka Police. They are the most senior police officer in Sri Lanka and oversees all police personnel throughout the country. The IGP reports to the Minister of Law and Order, when the Police Service is under the Ministry of Law and Order as it is currently.

National Cadet Corps (Sri Lanka)

National Cadet Corps (Sri Lanka)

The National Cadet Corps (NCC) is a youth organisation in Sri Lanka, sponsored by the Ministry of Defence, which operates in schools, and normally includes Army, Navy and Air Force sections. The corp is open for secondary school students on voluntary basis and its officers are government teachers and educational administrators, who serve as instructors. The Cadets are given basic military training in small arms and parades, as well as leadership training.

Military career

Early career

Seneviratne joined the Ceylon Army after completing his schooling on 1 October 1951 as a cadet officer and received his basic training at Royal Military Academy, Sandhurst from 12 January 1952 to 2 July 1953. On completion of his training at Sandhurst, he was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant on 30 July 1953 and posted to the 1st Field Engineer Regiment, Ceylon Engineers. He thereafter attended the Young Officers course at the Royal School of Military Engineering in Chatham before returning to Ceylon. He received promotions to the ranks of Lieutenant in 1955, Captain in 1958 and Major in 1963. He received promotions to the ranks of Lieutenant in 1955, Captain in 1958 and Major in 1963. During this time he had served as a General Staff Officer (Grade III) at Army Headquarters and Staff Officer - II at the HQ, Task Force Anti Illicit Immigration. He was the first officer from the Ceylon Army to attend the Engineering Officers' Construction, Planning and Operation Course at the United States Army Engineer School at Fort Belvoir in the 1960s.[1][2]

Field command

He was appointed commanding officer of the 1st Field Engineer Regiment on 6 December 1970, serving till 16 May 1977.[3] He was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant Colonel in December 1971 and Colonel in January 1977. During this time he served as an Extra Aide-de-camp to the President. He was the Commander Engineer Group from 1977 to 1980. Whilst serving in the Army, he was seconded to the Ceylon Shipping Corporation for two years and a member of the Board of Directors of the Tractor Corporation from 1977 to 1980. He was appointed as Director Engineer Services and later Director Designated Budget and Financial Management before being promoted to the rank of Brigadier on 31 December 1981. He served as Commander - Support Force, Panagoda; Commander - Security Force, Jaffna and Coordinating Officer of Jaffna and Kilinochchi. He attended the National Security and Strategic Study course at the National Defence College in New Delhi.[1][2]

Higher command

On 11 February 1985, he was appointed as the 10th Commander of the Sri Lanka Army and promoted to the rank of Major General. The following year he was promoted to Lieutenant General. Commanding the army for over three years where he oversaw the largest military operation undertaken to that date, the Vadamarachchi Operation and carried out a rapid expansion of the army. He retired on 16 August 1988.[1][2]

Decorations

He had been awarded the Vishista Seva Vibhushanaya (VSV) for over 25 years of distinguished service in the army, his other medals include the Republic of Sri Lanka Armed Services Medal, Sri Lanka Army 25th Anniversary Medal, Ceylon Armed Services Long Service Medal, Sri Lanka Armed Services Long Service Medal, President's Inauguration Medal and the Purna Bhumi Padakkama.[1][2]

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Ceylon Armed Services Long Service Medal ribbon bar.svg Sri Lanka Armed Services Long Service Medal ribbon bar.svg President's Inauguration Medal.svg Purna Bhumi Padakkama ribbon bar.svg

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Royal School of Military Engineering

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Chatham, Kent

Chatham, Kent

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Lieutenant

Lieutenant

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Major

Major

Major is a military rank of commissioned officer status, with corresponding ranks existing in many military forces throughout the world. When used unhyphenated and in conjunction with no other indicators, major is one rank above captain, and one rank below lieutenant colonel. It is considered the most junior of the field officer ranks.

Army Headquarters (Sri Lanka)

Army Headquarters (Sri Lanka)

The Army Headquarters is the headquarters of the Sri Lanka Army and is located in the Defence Headquarters Complex in Sri Jayawardenapura Kotte. It was established on 1 October 1949 in the Echelon Barracks which was the headquarters of the British Army in Ceylon. It later moved to the Rifle Barracks and then to the Old Army Headquarters Complex, before moving to the new Defence Headquarters Complex.

Task Force Anti Illicit Immigration

Task Force Anti Illicit Immigration

Task Force Anti Illicit Immigration (TAFII) is a task force deployed by the Sri Lanka Army from 1963 from 1981 to counter illegal immigration from South India. It was the first field formation deployed by the Ceylon Army and had its headquarters at Palaly.

United States Army Engineer School

United States Army Engineer School

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Fort Belvoir

Fort Belvoir

Fort Belvoir is a United States Army installation and a census-designated place (CDP) in Fairfax County, Virginia, United States. It was developed on the site of the former Belvoir plantation, seat of the prominent Fairfax family for whom Fairfax County was named. It was known as Camp A. A. Humphreys from 1917 to 1935 and Fort Belvoir afterward.

Commanding officer

Commanding officer

The commanding officer (CO) or sometimes, if the incumbent is a general officer, commanding general (CG), is the officer in command of a military unit. The commanding officer has ultimate authority over the unit, and is usually given wide latitude to run the unit as they see fit, within the bounds of military law. In this respect, commanding officers have significant responsibilities, duties, and powers.

Later life

On retirement from the Army, Lieutenant General Seneviratne was appointed as the first Governor of the North East Province from 30 November 1988 and served until 30 November 1993. In 2007 he was promoted to the rank of General along with nine other former service chiefs.[4] He died August 12, 2009, aged 78 and last rites carried out with full military honours at the Borella General Cemetery.[5]

Family

He was married to Mala Seneviratne, their only child Dushyanthi was the principal cellist of the Symphony Orchestra of Sri Lanka and is married to Khavan Perera, son of General Denis Perera.

Source: "Nalin Seneviratne", Wikipedia, Wikimedia Foundation, (2022, November 25th), https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nalin_Seneviratne.

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References
  1. ^ a b c d "GENERAL G.D.G.N. SENEVIRATNE (RETD) VSV NDC". army.lk. Sri Lanka Army. Retrieved 1 December 2021.
  2. ^ a b c d Fernando, Lalin. "General Nalin Seneviratne VSV 1931-2009". Daily News. Retrieved 1 December 2021.
  3. ^ "History Of The 1 Field Engineer Regiment". army.lk. Sri Lanka Army. Retrieved 1 December 2021.
  4. ^ Former service chiefs promoted
  5. ^ "General Nalin Seneviratna passes away". Archived from the original on 2009-08-16. Retrieved 2009-08-13.
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Political offices
Preceded by
Office created
Governor of North Eastern Province
1988–1993
Succeeded by
Military offices
Preceded by Commander of the Sri Lankan Army
1985–1988
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