Inaugural Kobbekaduwa Memorial Lecture

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Published by : CT WEB 2017-12-06 13:48:40

The Institute of National Security Studies Sri Lanka (INSSSL) is hosting an Annual Memorial Lecture Series in honour of Lt. Gen. Denzil Lakshman Kobbekaduwa. The inaugural lecture will be delivered by former Army Commander retired Gen. Gerry H. de Silva on the 'Life and Times of Lt. Gen. Kobbekaduwa in the contemporary context,' on 8 December from 3:00 p.m. to
5:00 p.m. at the Suhrupaya Auditorium on the 19th floor.

Lt. Gen. Kobbekaduwa joined the Army in May 1960 and upon graduation from Sandhurst, he received a Queens' Commission and was posted to the 1st Reconnaissance Regiment, the Ceylon Armoured Corps. As a military strategist, he led some of the most successful military operations in the early battles of the Eelam war, such as the Vadamarachchi Operation and Operation Balavegaya. However, on 8 August 1992, Lt. Gen. Kobbekaduwa fell silent as a war hero, along with fellow-military veterans.

Through the lecture, it is hoped to honour the memory and strategic depth of Lt. Gen. Kobbekaduwa, by hosting an annual series dedicated to military strategic thinking and by mapping Sri Lanka's strategic trajectory in the future.

The opening remarks will be delivered by Secretary of Defence, President's Counsel Kapila Waidyaratne. State Minister for Defence Ruwan Wijewardene, Chief of Defence Staff, service Commanders, senior military officers, foreign ambassadors and defence attachés, civilian scholars and academia will also be in attendance.

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