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President Visits SLAF Base in Katunayake

President Visits SLAF Base in Katunayake

President Maithripala Sirisena, Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces visited the Sri Lanka Air Force (SLAF) Base, Katunayake yesterday evening (10th Friday, July 2015).

Secretary to the Ministry of Defence Mr. BMUD Basnayake and the Commander of the Sri Lanka Air Force Air Marshal GP Bulathsinghala accompanied the President during the visit.

At the outset of the programme, President Sirisena was accorded with a Presidential Guard of honour replete with military customs.

The Base Commander of the SLAF Base, Katunayake Air Commodore SK Pathirana invited the visiting high official for a formal troop address during the session.

While addressing the troops, President Maithripala Sirisena emphasised on the importance of the national security whilst appreciating the service rendered by SLAF thus-far to keep-up the national defence.

Moreover, President insisted on the importance of gaining awareness on sophisticated technology and skills related to military.

President also pledged to look into the welfare measures of tri-service personnel with a view of uplifting them to lead a comfortable life.

President placed a premium on all the Airmen for their invaluable service rendered for the betterment of the nation during the past battle. In his concluding remarks President stressed that, involvement of SLAF is expected for the future national development too.

He also visited the aircraft hangars of the base and was briefed on the performances of the Israeli made Kfir and Chinese made F-7GS fighter jets.

President Sirisena planted a tree sapling in the base premises to mark the visit.

Commander of the Air Force presented a memento to the visiting high official as a symbolic
gesture during the occasion.


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