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Sri Lanka Air Force Regiment Special Force
3rd passing out parade of RSF.
Country Sri Lanka
Branch Sri Lanka Air Force
Service history
Active 2003 - Present
Role Special operations,
Air Base Defence
Part of Directorate Of Operations, Sri Lanka Air Force
Battles Sri Lankan Civil War
Commanders Wing Commander Harishchandra Herath

Regiment Special Force is an elite Special Forces unit of the Sri Lanka Air Force, part of the SLAF Regiment. This was formerly Air Base Defence Rescue Squadron established on 7 July 2003. This squadron was formed due to the Bandaranaike Airport attack by the LTTE.[citation needed]

Fourth flight of the Regiment Special Force passed out on 17 February 2007.


The task and role of RSF's Squadrons involves

  • Recapturing air bases.
  • Provide defenses in an enemy attack as a rapid deployment force.
  • Rescue operations and recovering of downed air crew in enemy or friendly terrain.
  • Protection of senior air force officers.
  • Assist civil authorities in national emergency.


The unit's personnel are trained in air base rescue operations, field craft, bomb disposal, fire fighting, water survival and rescue operations. Advanced training is carried out at the Sri Lanka Army Special Force training school at Maduruoya.

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