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    SL Army ‘Searchlight Tattoo - 2014’ concludes successfully

    April 29, 2014

    The three-day  ‘Searchlight Tattoo - 2014’ that showcased the exceptional assortment of exclusive skills of Army personnel was extended until April 28 due to popular demand from sacxhools in the Kurunegala District.

    The organizers   provided extra facilities exclusively for the unprecedented number of school children estimated to be more than 20,000 on the final day  of the Army ‘Searchlight Tattoo - 2014’ at Kurunegala Welagedara grounds,  free of charge.

    The  ‘Searchlight Tattoo - 2014’ was inaugurated at Kurunegala Welagedara ground on Friday (25) afternoon by Vice Admiral Jayanath Colombage, Commander of the Navy at the invitation of the Commander of the Army.


    The Army ‘Searchlight Tattoo’ generally highlights undisputed skills of Army personnel, including conduct of mock simulation attacks and rescue of hostages, Army ceremonial features, free fall parachute jumps, dog shows, demonstration of the Bailey bridge construction, assembling of artillery guns and jeeps, stunt riding displays, talents of disable War Heroes, Ranabera and Bugle displays, physical training and fire work displays, drill displays, etc, perhaps, never witnessed by those people in their lifetime.


    Gotabaya Rajapaksa, Secretary Defence and Urban Development, taking a special interest in this direction, has instructed the Commander of the Army to take the Searchlight Tattoo across the country since the people and children seldom get those exposures which add thrill and excitement to the youth. Accordingly on the directions of the Commander of the Army, Lieutenant General Daya Ratnayake, the spectacle was taken to Ethugalpura.


    The Parachute jumps of Army Commandos and Special Forces comprised of parachutists who represented Sri Lanka in several international competitions and championship tournaments.


    Tissa R Balalla, Governor for North Western Province and Dayasiri Jayasekara, Chief Minister for North Western Province, General Jagath Jayasuriya, Chief of Defence Staff were some of the Chief Guests at the i ‘Searchlight Tattoo’ during thel four days.


    Last modified on Tuesday, 29 April 2014 12:03

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