SLAF helicopter contingent leaving for Central Africa
Sri Lankan Air Force (SLAF) has included a female officer for the first time in its next overseas deployment in the Central African Republic, under UN command.
SLAF says it is the seventh UN helicopter deployment contingent. The Commander of the Air Force, Air Marshal Sudarshana Pathirana, took the salute of the parade, commanded by Wing Commander Sampath Liyanarachchi, the Contingent Commander.
This Heli-deployment comprises 20 Officers and 90 Airmen and is scheduled to leave Colombo by the end of the month.
The female Officer is one of the doctors attached to the contingent.
The Commander addressed the contingent personnel at the parade where he emphasized that UN Headquarters had appreciated the yeoman service rendered by Sri Lanka Air Force aviation contingents deployed in the Central African Republic owing to display of service professionalism and devotion to duty of the service personnel.
The Parade was followed by a social event which was also attended by the Chief of Staff and members of the Air Force Board of Management, Officers and Other Ranks of the 7th Contingent.