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Sri Lanka Air Force celebrates 67th Anniversary

Sri Lanka Air Force celebrates 67th Anniversary

[March 02 2018]

The Sri Lanka Air Force (SLAF) celebrates its 67th Anniversary today (02nd March). Special 'Air Force Day' celebrations are held at all Air Force Stations in the country while the main ceremony was held at the SLAF Headquarters in Colombo today.

According to Air Force media, a ceremony was held at the SLAF HQ with the participation of the Commander of the Sri Lanka Air Force, Air Marshal Kapila Jayampathy. This year the 'Air Forces Tattoo' is scheduled to be held at the SLAF Station in Ampara from 03rd to 05th (March). The Air Force Tattoo will include special events including air craft fly past, aero and parachute displays, cultural, drill and band displays and Special Forces displays. It will be open to the public free of charge from 2 pm to 11 pm during the three day period.

The annual Guwan Hamuda Papadi Sawariya- 2018 cycle race is also being held to coincide with the anniversary celebrations. It was flagged off by the Commander of the Air Force opposite the Air Force HQ this morning. The race is one of the main cycling events in the country and is being held for the 19th consecutive year. The three-day race will see competitors cover a distance of 447.4 km from Colombo to Ampara. The women's segment will commence in Batticaloa on Sunday and end in Ampara on the same day.

The Royal Ceylon Air Force was established on 02nd March 1951. The founding of the Royal Ceylon Air Force began with the presentation of 41 of 49; Bill No. 41 of 1949, which was presented to Ceylon's House of Representatives, by Mr R.G.Senanayake, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Defence and External Affairs on 9th August 1949.

The Bill was read in the House for the second time on 30th August 1949. The Bill provided for a Regular Air Force, a Regular Air Force Reserve, a Volunteer Air Force and a Volunteer Air Force Reserve. The RCyAF thus became the youngest of the Defence Services of Ceylon. The Governor-General, Lord Soulbury, ratified the Bill on 3rd October 1949 and the legislative work was at last, complete and thus the Air Force Act was born.

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