Air Force Combat Training School awarded President's Colour
and Commander in Chief of the
Armed Forces Maithripala
Sirisena was the chief guest at
the Presidential Colours
awarding ceremony of the Sri
Lanka Air Force Combat Training
School in Diyatalawa (SLAF CTS),
today (02nd April, 2018).
The State minister of Defence Hon. Ruwan Wijewardene
was also present at the occasion.
Arriving at the venue the President was received by
the Commander of the Air Force Air Marshal Kapila Jayampathy.
Subsequently the President awarded the President's Colour to the SLAF
Combat Training School, Diyatalawa according to time held traditions.
The President was also presented a Guard of Honour by the Air Force
personnel during the ceremony.
The CTS in Diyatalawa is one of the oldest training
schools of the Sri Lanka Air Force. The Presidential Colour is the
highest honor a military establishment could receive. Presenting of Colours
is the highest recognition that a leader of a country can award a
battalion or a regiment in recognition of the great service rendered
towards the country. It is considered a great honour and prestige to be
awarded with Colours.
SLAF CTS Diyatalawa aptly known as the "Cradle of the
Air Force" was established in 1952 as a Royal Ceylon Air Force Station.
With Sri Lanka becoming a republic in 1972, it was renamed as the Sri
Lanka Air Force Station Diyatalawa. This school conducts Basic Combat
Training Courses and Advanced Courses for Air Force officers and other
The Air Force was first awarded with the President's
Colour in 1976. On the occasion of SLAF Golden Jubilee, SLAF Base
Katunayake and No 1 Flying Training Wing Anuradhapura were awarded with
the President's Colour. In 2009, SLAF No 02 Transport Squadron, No 04
VIP Transport Helicopter Squadron, No 09 Fighter Helicopter Squadron, No
10 Fighter Jet Squadron and the Sri Lanka Air Force Regiment were also
awarded the President's Colour.
The Chief of Defence Staff, Admiral Ravindra
Wijegunaratne, Commander of the Sri Lanka Army, Lieutenant General
Mahesh Senanayake, Commander of the Sri Lanka Navy, Vice Admiral
Sirimevan Ranasinghe, senior Air Force officers and a large number of
Air Force personnel were also present at the occasion.