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Will move forward in securing country’s air space – SLAF Commander

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  Air Marshal Udeni Rajapaksa saluting the guard of honour accorded to him after he assumed duties as 19th Commander of the Sri Lanka Air Force yesterday. Picture by Gayan Pushpika
Air Marshal Udeni Rajapaksa saluting the guard of honour accorded to him after he assumed duties as 19th Commander of the Sri Lanka Air Force yesterday. Picture by Gayan Pushpika

Air Force Commander Air Marshal Udeni Rajapaksa yesterday emphasized that regardless of the troop strength in the SLAF, efficiency, and productivity will not be affected. He further said that he will work in a way that the trust placed in him will not be damaged in any way and that he will provide all possible support for the advancement of the SLAF

He stated this while speaking to the media after assuming duties as the 19th Air Force Commander of the Sri Lanka Air Force at the Air Force Headquarters yesterday morning. He joined the No. 06 recruitment group of General Sir John Kotalawala Defense University in 1988 and graduated on October 5,1990, and joined the Sri Lanka Air Force as a pilot. During his service, he has worked as a combat jet pilot and as a transport aircraft pilot. “I am proud to be appointed as the 19th Chief of the Sri Lanka Air Force. Securing the unity and territorial integrity of Sri Lanka is one of the responsibilities of the Air Force. There are other objectives too and those objectives change with time. I have been appointed as the Air Force Commander placing confidence in my abilities and knowledge. I will move forward without losing the trust placed in me.The main objective of the Air Force is to protect the airspace.

“We have many tools and human labour for that. Ensuring airspace security is my number one priority. We are tasked with providing safe passage to all aircraft, providing security for all aircraft in and out of the country, and protecting our bases and important places from air attacks. We are in the middle of a big ocean. There is a special economic zone.

There is an air information zone. Internationally, the community expects that we will provide the necessary security to the region. We are also doing a lot of work to repair and upgrade the conditions of the aircraft,”Air Marshal Rajapaksa said. 

Saturday, July 1, 2023 – 01:17











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