President appreciates 68 years of service rendered by Sri Lanka Air force to the country
The service rendered by the Sri Lanka Air force (SLAF) to safeguard the sovereignty and territorial integrity of of the country during the last 68 years is incomparable, President Maithripala Sirisena said today.
President Sirisena made this statement at the 68th anniversary ceremony of the Sri Lanka Air Force at the Hingurakgoda Air Force Base on Saturday (02nd).
The President opened the SLAF 68th Anniversary Air Tattoo 2019, the air show and the educational exhibition on the invitation by the Commander of the Air Force, Air Marshal Kapila Jayampathy at SLAF Base Hingurakgoda.
Commemorating the great service rendered to the nation, the President honored the SLAF 07 helicopter squadron and the 08 Light Transport Squadron with President’s Color.
The President’s Color is the highest accolade a military establishment could receive in its life-span and is presented in recognition of the invaluable services rendered and sacrifices in the defense of the country.
Speaking at the event, the President said that our Sri Lanka Air force has the capability of working shoulder-to-shoulder with the advanced air forces in the world due to professional skills, technical knowledge, discipline and dedication possessed by the Sri Lankan Air Force.
The President paid his gratitude to the members of war heroes who were disabled and sacrificed their lives on behalf of the motherland.
After opening the exhibition, the President, taking an observation tour, visited the exhibition stall showcasing the aerial seeding process.
The 68th Anniversary Air Tattoo will showcase the SLAF’s military proficiency as well as its capabilities to handle its role in the national and regional landscape.
“It will showcase multipurpose air assets in her inventory and demonstrate to the public its capabilities in offensive roles, in providing humanitarian assistance in times of natural and man-made disasters as well as in helping to stabilize and shape the international landscape,” the SLAF said.
The Air Force exhibition and Air Tatoo – 2019 will be at Air Force Base at Hingurakgoda from today to Wednesday (March 6). The Carnival will commence at 2 pm each day and it will be opened until mid-night for the public.
Further, for the first time in the history of the SLAF, the newly formed “Blue Eagles” Aerobatics Display Team will perform for the general public and showcase the exceptional flying capabilities.
The Air force service in the country was commenced on the 2nd March 1951 as a Lanka Royal Air force. Chief of Defense Staff Admiral Ravindra Wijegunaratne, Commander of the Army Lieutenant General Mahesh Senanayake and senior officials of the security forces were also present at the occasion.