The passing out parade of the 32nd and 33rd Basic Airborne men's and women's Courses, No 7 Basic Freefall Course and Parachute Instructor Course (China) was held at the Drop Zone, Sri Lanka Air Force Station Ampara today (20 March 2017).
A total of 85 Para troopers pinned on their wings at the ceremony.
Commander of Sri Lanka Air Force Air Marshal Kapila Jayampathy graced the occasion as the Chief Guest, while members from the Air Force Board of Management, Senior Officers of the Three Services, were also among the distinguished guests. Commanding Officer of Sri Lanka Air Force Station Ampara Group Captain HWR Chandima, Commanding Officer of Parachute training school Squadron Leader CS Priyasundara, joined the proud parents of the trainees to witness the function.
The parade commenced with static line jumps of the trainees from an MI 17 Helicopter at 3500 feet. After that, the Sky divers of the SLAF performed a magnificent show, exiting at 10000 feet from the same Helicopter. Squadron Leader MAV Gomes landed with the Air Force Flag. Sky Divers Canopy Relative Work (CRW) added more colour to the ceremony.
A Drill display by the Air Force Colour Squadron added glamour to the parade. Also the Air Force Band delivered an entertaining performance.
The Chief Guest pinned on the Paratrooper Wings of the trainees who had successfully completed the course. 36587 LAC Bandara PWGM and 33854 CPL Jayaruwan KD were adjudged the best Para troopers of No 32th and 33st Basic Airborne Courses respectively.