Director Training
Director Ground 
Operations
Air Vice Marshal HSS Thuyacontha
WWV, RWP and two bars, RSP and bar, USP, MMSc (Strat Stu- China), MSc (Def Stu) in Mgt, MSc (Def & Strat Stu), fndu (China), psc

Air Vice Marshal Sampath Thuyacontha was born in Colombo on the 26th of November 1966. He is a proud product of Thurstan Collage Colombo where he excelled in Rugby during his school days. He has represented the 1st XV Rugby Team of Thurstan College and was selected and represented Colombo Schools Rugby Team in the year 1986. Further, he was awarded with School Rugby Colors in year 1986.
 
He joined the Sri Lanka Air Force on 17th of May 1988 to the 19th Intake as an Officer Cadet and was commissioned as a Pilot Officer in the General Duties Pilot Branch in the year 1990. During his training period he has successfully completed the Basic Combat Training, Basic Flying Training, Basic and Advanced Helicopter Training Courses.

After completion of training in the year 1990 he was deployed for flying duties as an operational pilot in Bell 212/412 helicopters. Subsequently, he was appointed as a Flight Safety Officer of the Squadron and was posted to the No 7 Helicopter Squadron where he was involved with intense operational flying in the year 1994. In 1996 he was posted to the No 4 VIP/VVIP Helicopter Squadron where he was involved with VVIP movements conveying many Heads of States.
 
In 2001, he was posted to No 9 Attack Helicopter Squadron, Sri Lanka Air Force Base Hingurakgoda as the Second in Command and later was appointed as the Commanding Officer in the year 2005. During his long tenure, he has actively participated for all major operations which includes Humantarian War to liberate North and East and he managed to log more than 7000 flying hours as an Operations/ VIP and Attack Helicopter Pilot of Sri Lanka Air Force.
 
After completion of the Humanitarian Operations in the year 2009 he was appointed as the Defense Adviser to the High Commission of Sri Lanka in Islamabad, Pakistan for a period of two years. Thereafter, Air Vice Marshal Thuyacontha was appointed as the Base Commander Sri Lanka Air Force Base Anuradhapura in the year 2013 on completion of Staff Course training at the Defence Service Command and Staff Collage, Sapugaskanda. Subsequently he was appointed as the Chief Instructor of the same institute in the year 2014.

For his individual acts of gallantry and bravery in the face of the enemy during the Humanitarian Operations he was awarded with “Weera Wickrama Vibhushanaya” (WWV), “Rana Wickrama Padakkama” (RWP) and “Rana Sura Padakkama” (RSP) on several occasions.

Apart from the local military experience Air Vice Marshal Thuyacontha has followed many overseas training programmes which includes National Defence College in Beijing, China. Furthermore, he also held the appointment as the Commandant of Sri Lanka Air Force Academy China bay in year 2017. Before being appointed to the Air Force board of Management he was the Base Commander of the Sri Lanka Air Force Base Katunayake, Overall Officer Commanding Air Defence and also the Southern Air Commander of the Sri Lanka Air Force. In addition to the above, he is also the Chairman of the Sri Lanka Air Force Hockey.

He is married and blessed with three daughters.

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