Air Force News
3:20pm on Sunday 17th January 2021
No 33 Land Based Air Defence (LBAD) Wing at SLAF Base Anuradhapura celebrated its 10th Anniversary today (17 January 2021) under the guideline of the Commanding Officer, Wing Commander RAYD Ranathunga.In line with the anniversary, arrangements were made to donate dry rations packs to eight (08) helpless families in the Anuradhapura area. Further construction and donation of an Ablution R...
6:45pm on Saturday 16th January 2021
The Handing-Over Ceremony of Air Defence equipment and INDRA Mk-II Radar Spares Equipment was conducted today (16 January 2021) at SLAF Base Katunayake. The event was held under the auspices of the High Commissioner of India to Sri Lanka, His Excellency Gopal Baglay. The Commander of the Air Force, Air Marshal Sudarshana Pathirana participated to accept the equipment on behalf of the Sri...
9:50am on Saturday 16th January 2021
The Ground Training Wing at SLAF Academy China Bay proudly celebrated its anniversary upon completion of 28 years of service on 13 January 2021. The Ground Training Wing was initially established as the Combat Training School in 13 January 1993 and later it changed its name as at present on 15 July 2013. The Ground Training Wing has been commanded by 26 Commanding Officers and many train...
7:23pm on Thursday 14th January 2021
The Sri Lanka Air Force under the guidance of the Commander of the Air Force, Air Marshal Sudarshana Pathirana conducted the fourth wave of seed bombing at Lahugala National Park in the Ampara area today (14 January 2021). Today’s seed bombing mission saw the dropping of 70,000 seed bombs over a 60 acre area in line with the 70th Anniversary of the Air Force which will be celebrated th...
9:00pm on Wednesday 13th January 2021
The Air Dog Unit at SLAF Base Katunayake held a Passing Out Parade today (13 January 2021) for the newly inducted Air Dogs of the Unit. The event was held at Katunayake and the Commander of the Air Force, Air Marshal Sudarshana Pathirana reviewed the parade as the Chief Guest. The SLAF Air Dog Unit has a long history of service to the nation. Initially established on 23 August 1972 the A...
7:53pm on Tuesday 12th January 2021
The Sri Lanka Air Force and the Eagles’ Golf Links will host the Commander’s Cup - 2021, Annual Golf Tournament for Men and Women from 22 to 24 January 2021, at the picturesque settings of China Bay, close to the Harbour City of Trincomalee.The Championship is organized by the Sri Lanka Air Force for the eighth occasion under the guidance of the Commander of the Sri Lanka Air Force, ...
5:51pm on Tuesday 12th January 2021
The No 3 Maritime Squadron celebrated its 2nd anniversary yesterday (11 January 2021) after the 3rd re-establishment of the Squadron at SLAF Academy China Bay.The customary working parade was reviewed by the Commanding Officer, Wing Commander KHDP Kasagala. The celebration of the day was held adhering to the COVID-19 prevention guidelines with the participation of all ranks of the Squadr...
6:26pm on Monday 11th January 2021
The Defence Attaché to the High Commission of Bangladesh in Sri Lanka, Commodore Md Shafiul Bari called on the Commander of the Air Force, Air Marshal Sudarshana Pathirana on 09 November 2021 at Air Force Headquarters.A cordial discussion was held between the Commander and Defence Attaché on matters of bilateral importance after which mementos were exchanged to mark the occasion....
5:25pm on Saturday 9th January 2021
Under the guidance of the Commander of the Air Force Air Marshal Sudarshna Pathirana and Chairperson SLAF Seva Vanitha Unit Mrs. Charmini Pathirana, a special Donation programme was conducted at the ‘Thabuththegema’ Zonal Education Division by Seva Vanitha Unit yesterday(08 January 2021) in liaison with Base Commander of Sri Lanka Air Force Base Anuradhapura.The occasion was graced b...
9:58pm on Wednesday 6th January 2021
The No 10 Fighter Squadron known as the “Lion Cubs” celebrated its Silver Jubilee yesterday (05 January 2021). The day’s proceedings began with a Working Parade which was reviewed by the Acting Commanding Officer of the Squadron, Wing Commander KGRI Perera at hangar premises. Speaking to the members, the Acting Commanding Officer recalled the service rendered to the nation by this ...
9:43pm on Wednesday 6th January 2021
Under the guidance of the Commander of the Air Force, Air Marshal Sudarshana Pathirana and Chairperson SLAF Seva Vanitha Unit, Mrs. Charmini Pathirana, a special donation programme was conducted at the ‘Apeksha Hospital’ Maharagama by SLAF Seva Vanitha Unit today (06 January 2021).The occasion was graced by the Chairperson, where she donated a Multipara Monitor, a Wheel Chair, Surgic...
6:54pm on Wednesday 6th January 2021
Upon the request made by United Nations Headquarters, New York, the Sri Lanka Aviation Unit in South Sudan with the concurrence of the Government of Sri Lanka planned to redeploy two (02) MI-17 Helicopters and 53 SLAF troops at MINUSCA, due to rising instability in the Central African Republic (CAR) with ongoing elections. Therefore, to cater the requirement of reinforcing the UN Mission...
1:30pm on Wednesday 6th January 2021
The SLAF Station Piduruthalagala was established on 05th Jan 2010 and celebrated its 11th anniversary yesterday (05 January 2021) under the guidance of the Commanding Officer, Wing Commander Thushara Bandara. The anniversary day began with the customary Working Parade, followed by a “Shramadana Campaign” around Gregory Lake in Nuwara-Eliya. The day’s proceedings were concluded with...
7:18pm on Tuesday 5th January 2021
The Outgoing Commanding Officer of SLAF Station Palavi, Group Captain WKASW Vithana BA (Def Stu) handed over duties to Group Captain CJ Godakanda USP, BA (Def Stu), psc. The Ceremonial Handing over/ Taking over Parade took place at the Station yesterday (04 January 2021).The outgoing Commanding Officer, Group Captain WKASW Vithana took over the Command of the Station on 28 February 2020 ...
5:33pm on Sunday 3rd January 2021
The Sri Lanka Air Force, on the directives of the Commander of the Air Force, Air Marshal Sudarshana Pathirana, lunched an island wide ‘Pirith Chanting’ Program yesterday (02 January 2021). For the first time in the history of the SLAF, Pirith Chanting was conducted at the Academy, Bases and Stations simultaneously to invoke blessing on all personnel of the Air Force and on the entir...
8:46am on Sunday 3rd January 2021
The Aircraft Engineering Wing (AEW), General Engineering Wing (GEW) and Mechanical Transport Repair and Overhaul Wing (MTR&OW) celebrated their 42nd anniversary on 1st January 2021. All Officers and Other Ranks celebrated the milestone with a friendly cricket encounter among the participating formation personnel. Air Vice Marshal Udeni Rajapaksha, Base Commander of SLAF Base Katunaya...
8:58pm on Friday 1st January 2021
Air Chief Marshal (Retd) Pathman Hariprasadha Mendis FBIM, idc, psc, qfi popularly known as “Paddy Mendis” was born on the 24th of January 1933. He joined the newly formed Royal Ceylon Air Force (RCyAF) as its fifth recruit on the 8th of August 1951. After enlistment, then Officer Cadet Mendis was sent to Britain for training at the prestigious Royal Air Force College in Cranwell. In...
5:04pm on Friday 1st January 2021
The Sri Lanka Air Force under the leadership of the Commander of the Air Force, Air Marshal Sudarshana Pathirana welcomed the new year 2021 at Air Force Headquarters today (1 January 2021), the first working day of the year.  The proceedings commenced with the arrival of the Commander followed by the raising of the National Flag and the singing of the National Anthem. A two minute s...
5:01pm on Friday 1st January 2021
Upon the request made by the United Nations Headquarters, New York, the Sri Lanka Aviation Unit in South Sudan (UNMISS) with the concurrence of the Government of Sri Lanka carried out the re- deployment of a MI 17 Utility Helicopter and 34 SLAF personnel to the Sri Lankan Aviation Unit in the Central African Republic (MINUSCA) to assist the ongoing UN air operations which are taking plac...
1:53pm on Tuesday 29th December 2020
159 civilians who were quarantined at the SLAF Quarantine Centre located in Iranamadu were sent home today (29 December 2020). This Quarantine Centre operated by the Sri Lanka Air Force was established on the instructions of the Commander of the Air Force in order to support the government’s efforts in controlling the spread of COVID-19 in Sri Lanka The civilians quarantined at this Ce...
1:46pm on Tuesday 29th December 2020
63 civilians who were repatriated from Dubai, Abu Dhabi and quarantined at the SLAF Quarantine Centre in Palaly completed the required period yesterday (28 December 2020) and were sent home to their families. The Quarantine Centre at Palaly was established on the instructions of the Commander of the Air Force in order to support the government’s effort of controlling the COVID-19 outbr...
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