Indian Air Force Chief in Sri Lanka as SLAF celebrates its 70th anniversary

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Indian Air Force Chief Air Chief Marshal RKS Bhadauria arrived in Colombo on a two-day visit as the Sri Lanka Air Force (SLAF) is celebrating its 70th anniversary today.

The IAF Chief arrived in Sri Lanka on an invitation from Air Marshal Sudarshana  Pathirana, Commander of SLAF, PIB’s Defence Wing said in a statement.

“SLAF is celebrating its 70th anniversary on 02 Mar 21 and presentation of the President’s colours to two of its Units on 05 Mar 21,” it said.

As part of his visit, the CAS will attend the inaugural ceremony today, during which a fly-past and aerobatic display is scheduled, as per the official statement.

“The air show at Galle Face Colombo will see participation by an IAF contingent comprising of Suryakiran & Sarang Aerobatic Display Teams and Tejas LCA. The IAF contingent arrived in Colombo on 27 Feb 21. The flypast will be significant and reminiscent of the IAF’s Suryakiran Display Team performance at the Golden Jubilee celebrations of SLAF, two decades ago,” it said.

During the course of the two day visit, CAS is scheduled to interact with various dignitaries and the heads of Services of the Armed Forces of Sri Lanka.

“IAF and SLAF have had consistent cooperative exchanges over the years and interact regularly through Headquarter level Air Staff talks to share valuable experiences in the fields of ground and flying training, professional military education, HADR & operational best practices. Recent years have also seen the two Air Forces increase inter-personnel engagements through exchange visits of serving personnel and families to both countries,” read the statement by Defence Wing.

The presence of the CAS during the inaugural day of the Air Show reinforces the strength of IAF-SLAF ties. The visit will further strengthen the existing cooperative process and open up newer avenues of mutual interest, it added.

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