SLAF Station Ampara celebrated its 27th Anniversary on the 25th of November 2016.
The Formation day celebrations began with a parade reviewed by the Commanding Officer Group Captain WWPD Fernando. Addressing the gathering, the Commanding Officer thanked all who have contributed to uplift the standards of the Station, and briefed the history of the Station, its contributions to the humanitarian operation, action during natural disasters, future challenges and its responsibilities towards the role and task of the SLAF.
Coinciding with the Formation day celebrations a Book donation programme was conducted at “Lathugala Primary School” Ampara and a Softball Cricket tournament was conducted with the participation of Service personnel and the civil staff of the Station. The event concluded with an all ranks lunch.
An eventful day of religious activities was also planned as part of the celebrations, under the guidance of the Commanding Officer, Group Captain WWPD Fernando and with the participation of all officers, other ranks, and the civilian staff. An all-night ‘Pirith Chanting’ ceremony was held at the Station on 26 Nov 16 followed by an alms giving on 27 Nov 16, where “Ata Pirkara” was offered to the Maha Sangha to invoke blessings on the souls of fallen war heroes of the SLAF and other services who made the supreme sacrifice to protect the nation. The ceremony was concluded invoking blessings on the station and the Sri Lanka Air Force so that it may serve the country courageously in the future as well.