59 Division (Sri Lanka)

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59 Division
Active 2007 - Present
Country Sri Lanka
Branch Sri Lanka Army
Type Infantry Division
Part of Security Forces Headquarters - Mullaittivu
Headquarters Mullaittivu
Engagements Sri Lankan Civil War
Commanders
Notable
commanders
Maj. Gen. Nandana Udawatta

The 59 Division is an infantry division of the Sri Lanka Army formed in 2007. A principal offensive division it is currently deployed for combat operations in the Mulathivu region.[1]

Sri Lankan Civil War[edit]

Operations[edit]

Formed in the Welioya sector it was tasked with advancing from Welioya to the LTTE stronghold of Mullaitivu. The division captured key LTTE bases in the jungles of Mullaitivu, these included Muhagam camp (May 30, 2008), Michael camp (May 30, 2008), Suganthan camp (July 27, 2008), Jeevan camp (August 16, 2008) that belong to the one four base complex. Troops of the 59 Division took western section of the Nayaru Lagoon on August 21, 2008 and on November 11 Kumalamunai was taken followed by Othiyamalai (November 29, 2008) and Mullayaveli (December 16, 2008)

The 59 Division participated in the Battle of Mullaitivu in January 2009, during which it captured Mullaitivu town, the last stronghold of the Tamil Tigers.

Towns liberated by 59 Division[edit]

# Area Liberated[2] Date
1 Munagam Base 30 May 2008
2 Michael Base 4 July 2008
3 Suganthan camp 27 July 2008
4 Jeevan Base 16 August 2008
5 West of Nayaroo lagoon 21 August 2008
6 Gajabapura 23 October 2008
7 Kumulamunai village 11 November 2008
8 Otiyamalai 29 November 2008
9 Mulliyawalai 26 December 2008
10 Mullaittivu Town 25 January 2009

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