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Sri Lanka Air Force proudly celebrates 72 years of legacy

In the seven decades that ensued since inception, the Sri Lanka Air Force has come under the leadership of 17 commanders. Today, its leadership is in the able hands of its 18th Commander, Air Marshal Sudarshana Pathirana. The Sri Lanka Air Force has come a long way since its first flight made by a humble Chipmunk and de Havilland DC 1, and later followed by Mig 27s, Kfir C7s, and F-7s of today. Many other aircraft have also seen the largely ceremonial air force of the 70s emerge to become a successful and battle-hardened modern air force of the 21st century.


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Russian envoy meets Defence Secretary

Newly appointed Russian Ambassador to Sri Lanka His Excellency Levan S. Dzhagaryan paid a courtesy call on Defence Secretary General Kamal Gunaratne at the Defence Ministry Headquarters Complex, today (Mar 01).


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A Shared Vision for the Indo - Pacific

The launch of the book "A Shared Vision for the Indo-Pacific" in partnership with the United States Embassy in Colombo and the Kotalawala Defence University (KDU) was held yesterday (Feb 27) at the Cinnamon Grand Hotel in Colombo.


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Pakistan Chief of Naval Staff meets SL Defence Secretary

Pakistan Chief of Naval Staff (CNS) Admiral Muhammad Amjad Khan, NI (M), S Bt who is currently in Sri Lanka on an official visit met the Sri Lankan Defence Secretary General Kamal Gunaratne today (Feb 27) at the Defence Ministry in Sri Jayawardenepura Kotte.


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INS ‘Sukanya’ arrives in Colombo on official visit

The Indian Naval Ship (INS) ‘Sukanya’ arrived at the Port of Colombo on an official visit this morning (27th February 2023). The visiting ship was welcomed by the Sri Lanka Navy in compliance with naval traditions.


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Army troops clean Weligama beach belt

The Sri Lanka Army (SLA) troops of 3 Gemunu Watch under the 613 Infantry Brigade of the Security Force HQ-West (SFHQ-West) recently cleaned the beach along the Weligama coastal belt.


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SLN-built new jetty in Mannar declared open

Sri Lanka Navy (SLN) constructed a new jetty at the Naval Detachment Vedithalativu in Mannar to further expand operational efficiency of the Navy and declared it open today (Feb 26).


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President pledges a new chapter for the field of Military Medicine

Commencing a new chapter in military medicine, a separate unit would be established to send military personnel overseas to help out at the times of health disasters, said President Ranil Wickremesinghe on Friday evening (24).


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7th Annual Defence Dialogue between India and Sri Lanka was held recently

7th Annual Defence Dialogue between India and Sri Lanka was held recently in New Delhi, India. A delegation led by General Kamal Gunaratne attended the defence dialogue. Indian Defence Secretary Giridhar Armane and General Kamal Gunaratne chaired the meeting.


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SLN receives locally fabricated Combat All-Terrain Vehicles

The Chairman of Ideal Motors, Mr Naleen Welgama handed over 03 locally fabricated Combat All-Terrain Vehicles to Commander of the Navy, Vice Admiral Priyantha Perera at the Navy Headquarters on 22nd February 2023.


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Children of war veterans receive scholarships under ‘Viru Sisu Pradeepa’ Project

The Phase-2 of the 'Viru Sisu Pradeepa’ scholarship project, initiated by the Army Seva Vanitha Unit (ASVU) at the Army HQ, intending to grant educational relief to students of Army families and deceased and injured War Heroes got underway (23 Feb) at the Army Headquarters.


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Leadership Enrichment Programme for INSS Staff

The Institute of National Security Studies conducted a Leadership Enrichment Programme on 17th of February 2023 to empower the members of the staff with the desired acquaintance, which help to master the leadership attributes.


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Sri Lanka Army UN Peacekeeper's Mortal Remains Flown Home

The mortal remains of Mali-based UN Peacekeeper of the Sri Lanka Army who recently died of a cardiac arrest while serving the Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali (MINUSMA) were brought to the island on Wednesday (22 February) afternoon. 6 Sri Lanka Army Service Corps (6 SLASC) troops of his own Regiment received the coffin of late Lance Corporal M.G.L Deshapriya (42) in a military parade.


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SLAF Women Won 74th National Wrestling Championship 2023

Sri Lanka Air Force (SLAF) Women Wrestlers emerged as Champions at the 74th National Wrestling Championship 2023 held at the Indoor Sport Stadium in Torrington, Colombo recently.


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UN Peacekeepers in Mali Salute Remains of Late Lance Corporal M.G.L Deshapriya

Peacekeeping troops of the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali (MINUSMA) on Thursday (16) formally presented a military salute and bid farewell to the late Lance Corporal M.G.L Deshapriya (42) of the 6 Sri Lanka Army Service Corps who had passed away on 11 February 2023 following a sudden cardiac arrest upon admission to the MINUSMA Bamako Level - 3 Hospital.


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SL Army rescues stranded tourists at Gerandiella

A group of local tourists who had been held up atop the Gerandiella in Ududumbara mountain range was rescued by Sri Lanka Army troops on Sunday (Feb 19).


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SL Navy takes home wrestling championship title

Sri Lanka Navy clinched the championship title at the National Wrestling Championship held in Colombo. According to Navy media sources, Navy men’s wrestling team had won the championship title for the 20th consecutive time.


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SLAF doused fire in Badulla

Sri Lanka Air Force (SLAF) doused a large-scale bushfire erupted at the Kandepuhulpola forest area recently.


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Indonesian Naval Ship arrives in Colombo

Indonesian Naval Ship KRI Raden Eddy Martadinata -331 arrived at the Port of Colombo on an official visit yesterday (Feb 19).


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Discipline and commitment are needed to take charge of a country’s future, says the President while addressing the NCC Colour Presentation Ceremony

President Ranil Wickremesinghe emphasized that discipline and commitment are required in order to take charge of a country’s future, and plans will be implemented from next year to take Sri Lanka to a new dimension through a disciplined society.


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DSCSC Hosts South Asia International Conference of Commandants - 2023

The second ‘South Asia International Conference of Commandants’ got underway during 14-15 February at the Defence Services Command and Staff College at Sapugaskanda (DSCSC) in collaboration with the Joint Forces Command and Staff College of the United Kingdom. The topics on varied disciplines offered a distinctive glimpse into the current contexts and future of Professional Military Education (PME).


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President's Maha Shivaratri Day Message

On the occasion of Maha Shivaratri, I wish to extend my blessed best wishes to all Hindu devotees who are celebrating this auspicious festival with great devotion. This day holds special significance for Hindu the world over the world as they commemorate the sacrifice that Lord Shiva had made to free all living beings from suffering.


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Defence Secretary attends annual ‘CISM DAY’ RUN - 2023

The International Military Sport Council (CISM) Day Run organized this year by the Sri Lanka Air Force was held this morning (Feb 18) with the presence of Defence Secretary Gen. Kamal Gunaratne at the Riffle Green Ground in Colombo.


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Prime Minister declares open KDU War Memorial

The newly built War Memorial at the Kotelawala Defence University (KDU) was declared open by Hon. Prime Minister Dinesh Gunawardena yesterday (Feb 17).


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4th CISM World Military Beach Volleyball Championship - 2023 finals In motion

The grand finals of the 4th CISM World Military Beach Volleyball Championship - 2023 are set to take place on the beach in front of the Goldi Sand Hotel tomorrow (17 February 2023) from 1000hrs onwards.