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Director Ground Operation

Air Vice Marshal LHA Silva
USP ,BSc (Gen), fndu(China)

Born on 3 March 1962, Air Vice Marshal Lokugan Hewage Ajantha Silva was educated at St. Thomas’ College and Science College, Matale.

Air Vice Marshal Silva joined the SLAF as a Service Cadet in the 1st Intake of the Kotalawala Defence Academy on 2 March 1981.  He was commissioned as a Pilot Officer in the Technical Engineering Branch on 1st January 1984.
He graduated from University of Colombo with a Bachelor’s Degree in Science in 1983.

He is a qualified Flight Engineer on the Chinese Y-8 and British HS 748 Avro Aircraft.
He has also been awarded the Uttama Seva Padakkama, Videsha Seva Padakkama, Long Service Medal with Clasp, SLAF 50th Anniversary Medal, 50th Independent Medal, North Humanitarian Campaign Medal & East Humanitarian Campaign Medal, Purna Bumhi Medal, Vadamarachchi Operation Medal and Riviresa Campaign Service Medal.

During his career, Air Vice Marshal Silva has held the appointments of Officer Commanding Technical Services, Officer Commanding Aircraft Maintenance, Command Armament Officer, Staff Officer Aeronautical Engineering II, Head of the Department Aeronautical Engineering at General Sir John Kotalawala Defence Academy, Staff Officer to the Commander of the Air Force, Media spokesman of the Sri Lanka Air Force, Defence Advisor of Sri Lanka High Commission in Islamabad, Pakistan and Deputy Director Aeronautical Engineering, and Director General  Engineering  of Air Force Headquarters before taking on the position of the Director Aeronautical Engineering.

Air Vice Marshal Silva underwent Administrative Course and Technical Engineering Branch Course at SLAF China Bay, American Language course at Lackland Air Force Base Texas USA, Aircraft Maintenance Course and Non-destructive Inspection Specialist Courses at Chanute AF Base USA, Senior Engineering Management Orientation Course (SEMOC) at IAF India, Y-8 Aircraft Maintenance and Overhaul Courses in China, , Diploma in Quality  Management at SLSI and Defence and Strategic Studies Course in National Defence University (NDU) China.

Having captained Cricket at School, and been a member of University of Colombo cricket team as well as a member of SLAF cricket team in his young age, Air Vice Marshal Silva is a keen cricketer.

Air Vice Marshal Silva is happily married to Deepa who is the Assistant Vice President of Aitken Spence Corporate Finance (Pvt) Ltd Colombo.  They are blessed with two loving daughters Nadeesha Nuwanthie and Ithara Anuchana, students of Visakha Vidayalaya Colombo.

Directorate of Aeronautical Engineering

Last Updated: 2016-02-03
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