Nation celebrate INDEPENDENCE
*Over 10,000 Police guard the city
*Air Force nd Navy isplay might
*Around 4,200 Forces personnel for parade
Over 4,200 Security Forces personnel from the Tri Services, Police
and Civil Security Force will display their military might as all
arrangements have been finalised to celebrate the 61st Independence Day
in a dignified and colourful manner under the patronage of President
Mahinda Rajapaksa at the Galle Face Green today at 8 am, organizers said
All arrangements have been made to celebrate this event giving top
priority for the achievements of the Security Forces at a time they are
engaged in the final phase of the battle against the LTTE in the North.
“One hundred eighty three officers and 4,252 other rankers from the
three Forces, Police and the Civil Security Force are due to participate
in the Independence Day parade whilst six officers and 105 men are due
to accord the Tri -Service Guard of Honour at the celebrations,”
Military spokesman Brigadier Udaya Nanayakkara said.
Officers and other rankers representing 25 Regiments, Regimental
bands and the Colour Squad of the Army will participate in the
Independence Day parade, he added.
“The President Guard will be the latest addition to the parade this
year,” the Brigadier added.
In addition, 12 armoured vehicles, nine artillery guns, two Multi-
Barrel Rocket Launchers, microwave radars, combat radar station, ground
and coastal surveillance radars, direction finder and jammers mounted on
vehicles will also be displayed in the parade.
A 21 one gun salute to the President and another 21 gun salute to the
Nation will also be accorded during the celebrations.
The Tri Forces and Police personnel parading in the Galle Face Green
the Air Force and Navy will display their latest air and sea
capabilities in the air and sea in the surroundings of the Galle Face
A Navy spokesman said 500 Navy personnel seamen, mid seamen, special
boat squadron women sailors and patrolmen will participate in the
The Navy’s Offshore Patrol Craft Sayura, Samudura and Sagara, Fast
Missile Craft Suranimala, two fast gun boats Edithara and Udara
representing Fast Gun Boat Squadron -III, six Fast Attack Craft
representing IV th Fast Attack Flotilla, two Wave Rider Craft, four
Inshore Patrol Craft and 24 Arrow Boats or Navy’s latest innovation
Arrow boats Edithara and 500 Navy personnel will participate at a
display of Naval might at sea by the side of the Galle Face Green.
Air Force Spokesman Wing Commander Janaka Nanayakkara told the Daily
News that aircraft and helicopters Bell 412 of the No.4 VIP Squadron, MI
17 of the No 6 Squadron, Y-12 aicraft of the No.8 Squadron, two C-30
aircraft and one AN-32 aircraft of the No.2 Squadron, three MI-24 Attack
Helicopters of the No.9 Squadron, three F-7 jets representing No. 5
Squadron, three Kfirs from the No. 10 Squadron and three MiG 27 from the
No.12 Squadron will participate at the air show during the Independence