This Battalion was raised on 7th. January 1997 at Warani North, Kodikamam, in the Jaffna Peninsula. The nucleus of the Battalion was formed from personnel of other Volunteer Battalions of the Regiment of the Gemunu Watch. Soldiers who had been granted a general amnesty on re-joining the Army were also attached to the new Battalion. Major. M. Subasena was the Battalion’s first Commanding Officer.
According to the mandate given to this Battalion, involvement in combat operations against Tamil Militancy took priority since the Battalion was raised. The Battalion was also tasked on duties planned to restore normalcy in areas devastated consequent to natural disasters and calamities.
Since its inception in 1997, 09 Other Ranks have been Killed-in-Action and 20 Other Ranks have suffered disabilities, some permanently.
Former Commanding Officers:
|2||Lt Col||WARC Perera RSP||1999.02.12||2000.06.07|
|3||Maj||KAP Jayasekara WWV RSP psc||2000.06.08||2003.06.17|
|5||Lt Col||KDP Kahapola RSP||2007.11.10||2009.04.28|
|6||Lt Col||KDCGJ Tilakarathna RSP||2009.04.29||2014.10.23|
|7||Maj||SD Jayasundara RSP PSC USACGSA||2014.10.23||Up to date|