Initial batch leaves for UN Peacekeeping Mission in Lebanon
The first batch of Sri Lanka Army’s 12th Force
Protection Company (FPC) for the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon
(UNIFIL) left the country for their mission on Sunday (18th February).
According to Army media, the first advance party of the FPC contingent
includes two Officers and fourteen Other Rank personnel. Sri Lanka’s
150-strong Army contingent is made up of 10 Officers and 140 Other Rank
personnel drawn from 13 Regiments. It will serve in the UNIFIL for one
The FPU in is responsible for security and VIP duties
at the UNIFIL Force Headquarters in Naquoura and controls all the access
routes to the UNIFIL Headquarters and is under command to the Force
Headquarters Support Unit (FHQSU) which is directly under the Force
Commander. Since 2010, Sri Lanka Army has dispatched 11 contingents to
serve in Lebanon at the request of the UNIFIL.
The second group of the 12th FPU contingent will leave
for Lebanon on Monday (19) while the remaining group is scheduled to
leave on 06th March.
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