No. 2 Squadron SLAF

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No. 2 Heavy Transport Squadron
Active 1955 - to present day
Branch Sri Lanka Air Force
Role Heavy Air Transport
Station SLAF Ratmalana
Equipment C-130 Hercules,
Antonov 32
Engagements 1971 Insurrection,
Sri Lankan Civil War
Decorations 2 Weera Wickrama Vibhushanaya

No. 2 "Heavy Transport" Squadron is a squadron of the Sri Lanka Air Force. It currently operates the C-130 Hercules and Antonov 32 from SLAF Ratmalana.

History[edit]

The No. 2 Squadron was formed in 1955 to provide transport for the newly formed Royal Ceylon Air Force with Airspeed Oxfords, de Havilland Doves, Westland Dragonfly helicopters and later Scottish Aviation Pioneers. The Squadron was based at RAF Negombo. It was the only operational squadron when the 1971 Insurrection began, carrying out air operations for the first time under combat conditions. Newer aircraft were acquired during the insurrection.

With the escalation of the Sri Lankan Civil War, air operations intensified. In 1985 the squadron received new aircraft Hawker Siddeley HS 748 and Beechcraft 200 for transport. The same year it took on the close air support after gaining SIAI Marchetti SF.260TPs. The squadron was moved to SLAF Ratmalana in 1985.[1] During the Vadamarachchi Operation the squadron deployed 1 AVRO, 2 Y-12s and 1 Heron as improvised bombers.[2] Harbin Y-12 aircraft were equipped with bomb racks that had been fitted to carry up to 1,000 kilograms of fragmentation and antipersonnel bombs were used against LTTE locations with success.

In 1994 the No. 2 Squadron's aircraft were divided between the No. 201 and No. 202 squadrons. The No. 201 squadron came to operate the lager transport aircraft Hawker Siddeley HS 748s and the newly acquired Antonov An-32s. The No. 201 was later renamed the No. 2 Heavy Transport Squadron and the No. 202 squadron was renamed the No. 8 Light Transpor Squadron and operated the lighter aircraft of the air force. Throughout the civil war, since the early 1990s the squadron played a major role in maintaining the air passage to Jaffnatill 2009, when the land route was opened.

The squadron relief missions during the 2004 tsunami and the Pakistan earthquake of 2005.

In March 2009, the squadron was presented with the President’s Colours.[3]

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Year of introduction

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