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The Sri Lanka Air Force Celebrates 69 Years as ‘Guardians of the Skies’

Published on: 2020-03-02 15:43:09
The Sri Lanka Air Force Celebrates 69 Years as ‘Guardians of the Skies’
The Sri Lanka Air Force officially celebrated the 69th Anniversary today (2 March 2020) together with all SLAF establishments. The proceedings commenced with the Official Parade which was held at Air Force Headquarters under the auspices of the Commander of the Air Force, Air Marshal Sumangala Dias.

The Commander addressed everyone present at AFHQ as well as all members of the SLAF through live streaming technology courtesy of the Directorate of Information Technology. The Commander thanked all members, past and present and their families, for their contribution towards enabling the Air Force to achieve the success it currently enjoys. He also emphasized that the security had spanned to many more areas than just defence where the SLAF has planned for proactive ways in which it can address these multi-dimensional threats. There he further elaborated the role played by the CBRNE Wing and the Maritime Surveillance Squadron taking up the training assignments to enhance the capability of conducting maritime surveillance operations of the entire Exclusive Economic Zone. Moreover, he stated the importance of remaining committed to our core competencies, as they are the pillars that has guided us throughout the journey in achieving the greatness. Finally, he stressed that the SLAF is always ready to do the best to ensure the safety and security of our mother Sri Lanka.

The Commander also attended for the 69th Anniversary celebrations at Rifle Green Grounds in Colombo. The celebrations were organized under the leadership of the Commanding Officer of SLAF Station Colombo, Air Vice Marshal Camillus Labroy. The Chief of Staff, Air Vice Marshal Sudarshana Pathirana, Members of the AFBM, Senior Officers at AFHQ and SLAF Station Colombo, Officers and other ranks attended for these celebrations. The celebrations were concluded with the customary All Ranks Lunch.



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