SRI LANKA AIR FORCE BASE KATUNAYAKE
Director Welfare
Sri Lanka Air Force Base Katunayake, the largest Air Force Base in Sri Lanka and is home to the highest number of lodger formations. It is situated in close proximity to the Bandaranayake International Airport. The Base Headquarters provides administrative, logistical, general and civil engineering services to all lodger formations located within the Base. Further, lodger formations which are base here provide vital technical, administrative and logistical services to the entire Sri Lanka Air Force.

The air base began as a Royal Air Force airfield in 1944 during the Second World War and was knows as RAF Station Negombo. Later on when the Royal Air Forces handed over defence establishments to Sri Lanka then known as Ceylon, this Base was renamed as Royal Ceylon Air Force Katunayake on 1 September 1951 and when Sri Lanka became a republic in 1972, this Base was renamed as Sri Lanka Air Force Base Katunayake. The Base was awarded the President’s Color in 2001 for its long years of exceptional and dedicated service to the nation.

SLAF Base Katunayake has a fully equipped gymnasium, a sports arena, a swimming pool, a cinema which are among the many recreational and sports facilities offered by the Base for its personnel. The married quarters complex located within the Base provides accommodation to several hundred families of the Air Force personnel serving at the Base. This is also the main adimintrative eliment of the Southern Air Command of the Sri Lanka Air Force and is commanded by Air Vice Marshal Udeni Rajapaksa who is also the Southern Air Commander of the Sri Lanka Air Force.



FORMATIONS BASED AT KATUNAYAKE

No 02  Heavy Transport Squadron

Aircraft  Overhaul Wing

No 05  Fighter Squadron

No  01 Air Defence Radar Squadron

No 10  Fighter Squadron

No 1  Supply & Maintenance Depot

No  26 Regiment Wing

Aircraft  Spares Depot

No  43 Colour Wing 

Sri  Lanka Air Force Hospital

No  48 Air Dog Unit

Sri  Lanka Air Force Dental Hospital

Aircraft  Engineering Wing

Equipment  Provisioning & Accounting Unit

General  Engineering Wing

Sri  Lanka Air Force Band

Mechanical  Transport Repair & Overhaul Wing

No 3  Leisure & Recreation Wing

Electronics  & Telecommunication Wing

Research  & Development Wing

Civil  Engineering Wing

Fire  School & Fire Tender Maintenance Squadron

Mechanical  & Electrical Engineering Wing

Armament  Repair and Overhaul Wing

Radar  Maintenance Wing

Construction  Machinery Wing


 

BASE COMMANDER
ADDRESS TELEPHONE
AIR VICE MARSHAL R A U P RAJAPAKSA
RSP and two Bars, USP, MSc (MOA) USA, MSc (Def Stu) in Mgt, MA in IS&S (UK), BSc (Def Stu),  MIM (SL), rcds, psc
Sri Lanka Air Force Base
Katunayake,
Sri Lanka.

+94 11 2441044,
+94 11 2495495

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