Troops are planning a major showdown in the coming weeks. Further details of this plan have to be withheld for obvious reasons. The new operational engagement will span all areas of current operations.
The Army is also preparing to raise Task Force 3 following requirements for another Holding Division. Task Force 3 will be semi-offensive and will be deployed in newly captured areas, most likely in the northwestern theater of operations. The decision was made at the last Security Council Meeting headed by the President.
The original plan was to increase the strength of the existing Offensive Divisions to four Brigades each and to supplement the additional needs with the SLN and SLAF. All three branches of the Armed Forces have experienced unprecedented success in recruitment lately. Army basic training has also been totally revamped with freshers being trained to operate in small teams.
The SLN will be deployed in strategic areas of naval significance such as Vidattaltivu and once secured at Nachchikuda, Pooneryn, Alampil, Nayaru, Chalai etc. The SLAF will perform a specialized role in both defensive and offensive formations in support of the Army in newly captured areas.
The first recipient of a 4th Brigade was the 57 Division. In the coming months additional Brigades will be raised and subsequently deployed under the 58, 59, 61, 62, 53, 55 and 56 Divisions, based on need and priority. This will result in the addition of at least another 15,000 troops to the Army.
Regiment 4 Special Forces, operating out of Weli Oya will also become a fully fledged Regiment in the coming months. Established originally with only two Squadrons of 153 Special Forces each, 4 Special Forces now has 3 Squadrons and requires only one more Squadron and an Administrative Squadron to complete its status.
The 3rd Squadron was added recently by combining experienced men and freshers who passed-out from the Maduru Oya Special Forces Training School on 28th June. 4 Special Forces has been very active lately. Its troops ambushed an LTTE bus killing 7 hardcore LTTE cadres injuring another 12 at Puliyankulam yesterday.
4 Special Forces Formed
LTTE 'DPU' under attack
Tuesday, October 7, 2008
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