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The Sri Lanka Army Commando Regiment (CR) (කොමාන්ඩෝ ‍රෙජිමේන්තුව) is one of the two Special Operations units of theSri Lanka Army along with the Sri Lanka Army Special Forces Regiment. The organizational and operational Structure of the Sri Lanka Army Commando Regiment is much similar to the British Special Air Service (SAS) unit. Within one of the four Army Commando Regiments there is a 140-man counter-terrorist unit that provides the primary Counter-terrorism response for Sri Lanka. This unit was created in 1980 and is based in Ganemulla, a suburb of Colombo.

Organization
The units used 20 man teams which are split into four 4-8 man assault units. They have received training from Great Britain, India, Israel and Pakistan. Approximately 40 per cent of the Regiments are airborne qualified. The third Commando Regiment and the third Army Special Forces Regiment are grouped together to form the independent Special Reconnaissance LRRP Brigade. Approximately 95 percent of the two Commando Regiments are airborne qualified, either in Pakistan, India or at the commando parachute training school in Ganemulla. It may operate in conjunction with the Special Boat Squadron of the Sri Lanka Navy, although this has not been confirmed. The Commando Regiment has only 4 Regular Units.


Function
Current CR roles are believed to include:
  • Executive Protection
  • Special Reconnaissance
  • Counter Terrorism
  • Hostage Rescue
  • Urban Warfare
  • Direct Action
  • Covert and Clandestine Operations
  • Air Borne Operations
  • Water Borne Operations
Units
Regular Army
  • 1st Commando Regiment
  • 2nd Commando Regiment
  • 3rd Commando Regiment
  • 4th Commando Regiment
  • HQ BN Commando(RFT)
  • Commando Regiment Training School Uva Kudaoya
  • Commando Regiment Specialized Warfare Training School at Vidathalathive Mannar

Identification symbol
"COMMANDO" shoulder tab
Maroon beret with regimental cap badge


Motto: Nothing is Impossible

The Passing Out Parade (POP) of 40th batch of the Commando troops - 2010






 

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Operation Thoppigala
The 3rd Commando Regiment participated in the military offensive which was launched to capture the Thoppigala (Baron's cap) from LTTE during the period of June/July 2007. They managed to seize the rocky plateau which had been named by the LTTE as Tora Bora. Around 200 LTTE cadres were killed during the entire offensive.

CAPTURING OF UNNICHCHAI TANK

After successful operation to capture VAKARAI and SAMPUR by Special Forces Brigade, Commandos were tasked to capture THOPPIGALA and NARAKAMULLA LTTE strong holds. Gaining control of A - 5 road which runs from Maha Oya to Batticaloa via Chenkaladi was essential in order to gain access to jungles of THOPIGALA. From Pullumale to Black Bridge at Chenkalladi road was totally controlled by the LTTE. Further, the LTTE was operating freely in the jungles between A -27 road and A -5 roads. Hence it was essential to gain control of this portion of the road and in the jungles, to launch any operation to destroy the bastion of Thoppigala. However A- 27 road which runs from Maha Oya to Potuvil and Road from Trikonamadu to Kalmunai were controlled by the Army, but was vulnerable to the LTTE attacks. After finalizing of the plan for the major operation mobilizing of troops were commenced to give a decisive blow to the LTTE strong holds in the theatre. However Intelligence revealed that LTTE had planned to destroy the bund of the UNNICCHAI Tank if Security Forces lunched any operation to gain control over the area. Their intent was to inundate the area by destroying the tank bund in order to destabilize the government and the ultimately spoil the security forces plan. In this back drop commandos were tasked to capture UNNICHHAI Tank bunt intact in order to facilitate the major offensive. Capturing of Unnichchai tank bund was one of the most significant raids conducted by commandos to facilitate break out of the major offensive to capture the LTTE strong hold Thoppigala.
Sri Lanka Army- Thoppigala Mission

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