Over 650 cadets, air­men and air­women pass out from SLAF Acad­emy China Bay

Sunday Times (Sri Lanka) - - NEWS -

Over 650 Air Force cadets, air­men and air­women passed out from the Sri Lanka Air Force (SLAF) Acad­emy China Bay while six pi­lot of­fi­cers re­ceived their fly­ing brevets on Fri­day.

De­fence Sec­re­tary He­masiri Fer­nando was the Chief Guest at the event.

The pass­ing out pa­rade was com­manded by Roshan Gu­nawar­dena, Com­mand­ing Of­fi­cer at the SLAF acad­emy China Bay. This was fol­lowed by an aer­o­batic dis­play of PT6 air­craft by the “Blue Eagles” aer­o­bat­ics team.

This aer­o­batic dis­play was the first of its kind in the his­tory of the SLAF and was pi­loted by Qual­i­fied Fly­ing In­struc­tors (QFIs) of the No.1 Fly­ing Train­ing Wing.

A band dis­play and a drill dis­play were then per­formed by the SLAF Colour Wing while the newly passed out re­cruits per­formed an un­named com­bat dis­play. This was in ad­di­tion to a para­chute dis­play and a camp at­tack dis­play that added colour to the event.

Mean­while, Air Force Com­man­der K ap i l a Jayam­pa­thy in­tro­duced a set of spe­cial awards in recog­ni­tion of the ex­cep­tional per­for­mances of the of­fi­cer cadets. These awards were named af­ter the of­fi­cers of those re­spec­tive branches who had laid their lives for the coun­try.

These me­mo­rial awards were given to 14 cadets for their bril­liant per­for­mances dur­ing their three year train­ing pro­gramme.

Air Force Chief of Staff, Su­man­gala Dias, the Air Force Board of Management, the Com­man­dant of the SLAF Acad­emy China Bay, Air Com­modore Sam­path Thuy­a­con­tha, se­nior of­fi­cers of the Army, Navy, and the Po­lice of Trin­co­ma­lee Dis­trict also at­tended the event.

The aer­o­batic dis­play by Blue Eagles

The pass­ing out pa­rade

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