An elite strategic force designed to perform special operations in nature at strategic level to protect the constitutional order of Sri Lanka. The primary function of Commandos in wartime is infiltration/insertion behind enemy lines (either in uniform or civilian clothing), usually well before hostilities were scheduled to begin and, once in place, to commit acts of sabotage (such as the destruction of vital communications logistics centers) and the assassination of key leaders. Primary function in peace time is to conduct hostage rescue and counter terrorism operations and protection of VIPs. They are capable of carrying out Air, Land or water based specialized operations which most of them are highly classified. Commandos are uniquely suited, offering the capabilities to avert emerging threats and providing unprecedented opportunities to address the challenges in ways that advance Sri Lankas' interests.
1. Direct Action. Short-duration strikes and other small-scale offensive actions by special operations forces or special operations capable units to seize, destroy, capture, recover, or inflict damage on designated personnel or materiel. In the conduct of these operations, special operations forces or special operations capable units may employ raid, ambush, or direct assault tactics; emplace mines and other munitions; conduct standoff attacks by fire from air, ground, or maritime platforms; provide terminal guidance for precision-guided munitions; conduct independent sabotage; and conduct anti-ship operations.
2. Unconventional warfare. A broad spectrum of military and paramilitary operations, normally of long duration, predominantly conducted by indigenous or surrogate forces who are organized, trained, equipped, supported, and directed in varying degrees by an external source. It includes guerrilla warfare and other direct offensive, low visibility, covert, or clandestine operations, as well as the indirect activities of subversion, sabotage, intelligence activities, and evasion and escape.
3.Special Reconnaissance. Reconnaissance and surveillance actions conducted by special operations forces to obtain or verify, by visual observation or other collection methods, information concerning the capabilities, intentions, and activities of an actual or potential enemy or to secure data concerning the meteorological, hydrographic, or geographic characteristics of a particular area. It includes target acquisition, area assessment, and post-strike reconnaissance.
4. Hostage Rescue & Combating Terrorism. Is countering any act of terror which based on unconventional use of force in order to achieve narrow political, social or religious objectives of an individual or a minor group. Such operations are highly intensive and need thorough planning since the unconventional tactics used by terrorists. Here the troops involved in such operation should integrate their skills towards a common goal.
5. VIP Protection. VIP a very Important Person, or VIP's a Person Who is accorded Special Privileges due to his or her status of importance. Bodyguard is a type of security guard or government agent who protects a person usually a famous, wealthy or politically important figure from assault, kidnapping, assassination.
6. K9 Handling. K9 Handling In relations to dog handling, Dogs are especially trained as sniffer, Tracking & Guard. Dog handling is an art of the dog and the handler mustering themselves to one of the above tasks.
7. Clandestine OPS & Covert OPS. An operation sponsored or conducted by governmental departments or agencies in such a way as to assure secrecy or concealment. A clandestine operation differs from a covert operation in that emphasis is placed on concealment of the operation rather than on concealment of identity of sponsor. In special operations, an activity may be both covert and clandestine and may focus equally on operational considerations and intelligence-related activities. Covert operations are an operation that is so planned and executed as to conceal the identity of or permit plausible denial by the sponsor. A covert operation differs from a clandestine operation in that emphasis is placed on concealment of identity of sponsor rather than on concealment of the operation.
8. Waterborne Operations. The waterborne operations are to seek out and destroy the enemy and his installations by using means of approach as water. It also includes the survey and recon the beaches and shoreline prior to amphibious landings by main forces. They may also task to report on the numbers and disposition of any nearby enemy, survey the approaches to the beaches to ensure they are suitable for a landing in an amphibious operation.
9. Airborne & Air assault OPS. Airborne In relation to personnel, troops especially trained to affect, following transport by air, an assault debarkation, either by parachuting or touchdown. Air assault Operation in which assault forces (combat, combat service, and combat service support), using the firepower, mobility, and total integration of helicopter assets, maneuver on the battlefield under the control of the ground or air maneuver commander to engage and destroy enemy forces or to seize and hold key terrain. See also abort criteria; airhead; air mission commander.