Constant expansion of the Army invariably resulted in raising new Regiments. Army headquarters approved the establishment of 6th Regiment SLAC as a reinforcement entity. The Regimental Centre directed accordingly and Maj GJS Piyatunga was appointed as the first Commanding Officer. The Regiment was initially deployed in Jaffna peninsula.
The induction of troops was gradual and 02 x officers and 409 men reached Jaffna by sea on 03 January 1997 and another 173 men reached Jaffna on 10 January 1997. The Security Force Headquarters (Jaffna) approved the location selected for deployment. The Muslim Vidyalaya at Taffers road, Jaffna became the site to raise the 6th Regiment SLAC. Maj Gen PA Karunathilake RWP was present to brace the occasion. The regiment comprised of Headquarter, A, B, C and D Squadrons.
Since its raising, the Regimental Headquarter with Headquarter Squadron was located at Muslim Vidyalaya Jaffna. A Squadron was deployed at Manthurai, B Squadron was located at Hospital road Jaffna and C squadron at Gurunagar. They commenced performing operational duties immediately.
The regiment celebrated the first anniversary at Vasavilan in 1998. By 10 July 1998, all the squadrons were deployed in Manipai for election duties. The Regiment was deployed in Killinochchi sector as a Reinforcement Regiment after the terrorists attacked the Wanni defences. Progressing towards better goals, the regiment prepared itself to receive BTR Armoured Personnel Carriers as a new consignment was anticipated. The pilot programme to train the troops on trades related to BTR commenced. On 07 June 1998, the much anticipated BTRs reached Sri Lanka. The regiment moved to Kallattawa and formally took over the vehicles on 25 July 1998. Thereafter the vehicles were taken to Clappenburg army camp for training. The course culminated with a colourful parade to then Colonel Commandant of the Corps Maj Gen PA Karunatilake RWP on 01 September 1998. Subsequently the regiment was operationally deployed as a fully fledged regiment on the classic role.
From the beginning of the year 1999, the Regimental Headquarter and the Headquarter Squadron were located at Kallattawa. Since the requirement of more troops arose, on 24 September 1999, all the elements were redeployed in Omanthai and Vellakvetikulam. Due to concerted attacks by the enemy to Oddusudan and the subsequent withdrawal by own troops on 04 November, the Regiment too was redeployed at Thandikulam camp on 06 November 1999. After 3 days, on 09 November 1999, the Regiment moved to Kallattawa.
The A Squadron was relieved of its dutiesat 212 Brigade Tallady and moved to 232 Brigade Valachchanai. The B Squadron, which was located at 232 Brigade,was relieved of its duties and redeployed at Gurunagar. Regimental Headquarters and Headquarter Squadron were moved to Kosgama on 24 April 2000, operating a Tactical Headquarter at Tallady camp. During this period apart from the duties in the North and East, the regiment was tasked to provide Parliament Security Duties in Colombo as well.
Tactical Headquarters was redeployed from Mannar to Palaly on 07 July 2001 and was located at Kankesanthurei. The 4th anniversary was restricted to religious ceremonies and all Officers and men made a pilgrimage to Sri Pada. A Squadron handed over all the BTRs to 1st Recce Regiment on 27 April 2001 andmoved to Kankesanthurei. The Squadron was attached to 4 Armoured Regiment to fulfil the troop requirement of the Regiment. B Squadron continued to be at Gurungar under 512 Brigade. Tactical headquarters continued to be at Varani and the Regimental Headquarters was re-located from Kosgama to Varani on 12 January 2002. The day 13 March 2002, was another fateful day as the officers leaving after an Officer's Mess function at Rock House met with an accident at Nawagamuwa junction. Capt A H L R Silva RSP, Lt D N L Jayaweera ,Tpr Weerasooriya S J succumbed to their injury. Another 3 x Officers and 2 x Other ranks escaped with injuries. C Squadron was raised at Salawa camp and was moved to 52 Division for operational requirements.
The Regiment received a fleet of BMP Infantry Fighting Vehicles to become a fully equipped Mechanised Regiment. Sabre Squadrons commenced training on 30 March 2002. A demonstration on BMP was conducted for Commander Security Forces Headquarters (Jaffna) witnessed by Commanders 52, 55 Divisions, Commander Armoured Brigade and all brigade commanders. Armour / infantry cooperation training commenced at Nagarkovil. The regiment, located at Varani, deployed at Manthuvil. A Squadron was at Meesalai, B Squadron at Manthuvil and C Squadron at Nagarkovil by this time.
A New Year festival was organized withthe participation of Tamil population in the vicinity of the camp at Manthuvil on 14 April 2003. A Squadron, which was located at Manthuvil was shiftedto Meesalai South. The test firing of all AFV weapons and zeroing of weapons was done at Nagarkovil on 07 June 2003. Regiment participated in the Exercise GREEN FIELD conducted by the 52 Division at Thanankillappu from 13to 20 October. Warning order was received to shift the camp from the present location to 5-way junction at Sarasalai on 13 November 2003. The dawn of year 2004 was celebrated at the new camp. There were no major changes in deployment since then due to peace efforts and the Regiment took this opportunity to concentrate on training more.
At the inception in 1997, Regiment was operationally under command to 512 Brigade. Internal Security duties were assigned to maintain normalcy in the Jaffna town. Regiment was redeployed in the Kodikamam area to conduct cordon and search operations under 522 Brigade.
Terrorist threat continued in the Paranthan and Kilinochchi sectors. The regiment was deployed indefinitely to cater for the threat under 543 Brigade by 1998. Since the LTTE managed to capture part of the Kilinochchi defence, a limited operation was launched to regain the lost ground on 04 June 1998, in which the Regiment participated. The Regiment was depleted due to the heavy casualty rate. Therefore, on 14 June 1998, all the troops deployed on defensive tasks were withdrawn and moved back to new locations. Regimental Headquarter and Headquarter Squadron moved back to Vasavilan
Regiment involved effectively in Operation JAYASIKURUI. BTRs gave a positive edge for the commanders due to its high speed and rate of fire. The deployment was changed to suit the operational requirements. Since the situation in East too was not satisfactory, the need for armour was contemplated and a squadron was sent to Batticaloa. B Squadron located itself with 232 Brigade in Valachchenai.
A squadron continued to be under command to 212 Brigade in Mannar sector for all operational purpose in 1999. It effectively provided security to convoys and all other road movement on a daily basis. The squadron was committed to the success of Operation RANAGOSA launched in Nanattan on 08 April 1999. It involved a limited operation conducted to capture Veditaltivu on 26 June 1999. B Squadron continued to be with 232 Brigade in Valachchenai for all operational purposes. The commitment was mainly route clearance, escort duties and snap operations. The squadron took part in the operation conducted to secure Vakarai - Kadiraveli road on 30 August 1999. The Squadron took part in Operation RIVIKIRANA and all the other limited operations conducted in the sector. Since 2000, the regiment did not take part in a major offencive operation thus continued to provide defensive support to the formations to which the Squadrons were attached.
The 6th Recce Regiment of the Sri Lanka Armoured Corps was disbanded on 4th February 2007 and the experienced troops and equipment were affiliated to raise the Mechanised Infantry Brigade. Later the regiment was raised as a Reinforcement Battalion by amalgamating troops from other regiments of the armoured corps. On 2nd August 2007 the new regiment was formed by Major D B S N Bothota in Kankasanturai with Major P R Pathirawithana as his deputy.
Soon after its inception the regiment was deployed in the forward defence line in the strategically important Kilaly lagoon. Subsequently the regiment was deployed at Nagarkovil and Mamunai in support of the Humanitarian Operation in January 2008 under the command of Major M G T D Rathnasekara. The regiment continued to hold the all important defence line throughout the Humanitarian Operation until 19 May 2009, when the curtain came down on LTTE terrorism.
Subsequently the regiment was deployed in Toppigala and then in Kumana under the command of Maj K M P S B Kulatunga. As a result of the army’s troop reduction plan after the Humanitarian Operation the 9th Battalion Sri Lanka Armoured Corps was amalgamated with 6th Regiment and was deployed in Morawewa in the Tricomalee District under the command of Maj P I U Silva RSP psc.
|Lieutenant Colonel G J S Piyatunga||29.01.1997||14.03.1998|
|Major A M L De Zoysa RSP||14.03.1998||14.04.1998|
|Major I P Ranasinghe RWP RSP psc||14.04.1998||29.12.1998|
|Major A M L De Zoysa RSP||29.12.1998||14.06.1999|
|Major I P Ranasinghe RWP RSP psc||14.06.1999||07.02.2000|
|Major N I De Silva RSP||07.02.2000||04.02.2003|
|Major S A U Nanayakkara||04.02.2003||31.05.2004|
|Major W A Ariyaratne||31.05.2004|
|Major D B S N Bothota RSP psc||02.08.2007||24.01.2008|
|Lieutenant Colonel M G T D Rathnasekara||24.01.2008||11.12.2009|
|Lieutenant Colonel K M P S B Kulathunge RSP psc||11.12.2009||01.03.2012|
|Major P I U Silva RSP psc||01.04.2012||05.10.2012|
|Lieutenant Colonel A P C R Premathilake RSP||05.10.2012||17.01.2014|
|Lieutenant Colonel D K R N Silva psc||17.01.2014||05.01.2015|
|Lieutenant Colonel K G M N Seneviratne USP||06.01.2015||07.08.2016|
|Lieutenant Colonel B Y Nanayakkara RSP psc||08.08.2016||26.10.2018|
|Lieutenant Colonel P J M De Silva RSP USP||26.10.2018||03.03.2020|
|Lieutenant Colonel R H A Hennade RSP psc||04.03.2020||07.05.2021|
|Lieutenant Colonel P A R Wijerathne RWP RSP||11.05.2021||11.11.2022|
|Lieutenant Colonel P W N P W B S U B Pilimatalawwe psc||11.11.2022||Up to Date|
SECOND IN COMMAND
|Major P R Pathiravithana psc||02.08.2007||15.07.2008|
|Major U K Wicramaarchchi||15.07.2008||07.01.2010|
|Major M W S Marapana RSP||07.01.2010||15.10.2010|
|Major R N Kotage RSP||15.10.2010||13.03.2013|
|Major H P N Parackramawansa RSP||13.03.2013||29.09.2014
|Major K C J Kotalawala RWP USP||29.09.2014||11.07.2016
|Major L R Amarasekara||12.07.2016||03.09.2017
|Major N V A M Vithanage RSP psc||03.09.2017||31.04.2018
|Major A M A G B Ubesekara||01.05.2018||09.05.2019
|Major W D S D Wickramaarachchi RWP RSP USP psc||09.05.2019||08.12.2019
|Major R M C Kamalasiri USP||09.12.2019||12.10.2020
|Major W D S P Wickramasinghe RSP USP||13.10.2020||24.02.2021
|Major P W N P W B S U B Pilimatalawwe psc||25.02.2021||18.05.2021
|Lieutenant Colonel P W N P W B S U B Pilimatalawwe psc||18.05.2021||08.06.2021
|Major A K Gamage psc||09.06.2021||20.06.2021
|Lieutenant Colonel A K Gamage psc||20.06.2021||20.07.2021
|Major S D D Rasika Kumara psc||20.07.2021||18.05.2022
|Lieutenant Colonel S D D Rasika Kumara psc||18.05.2022||11.06.2022
|Maj B W G P H K Bandara USP||11.06.2022||Up to Date