Colombo Air Symposium 2018 commences

Air Force Commander Air Marshal Kapila Jayampathy greets the Inspector General of Police.

The Colombo Air Symposium 2018 organised for the fourth consecutive year by the Air Force commenced yesterday at the Eagles’ Lakeside Banquet & Convention Hall, Attidiya, Ratmalana under the auspices of President Maithripala Sirisena.

Sustainable Development, Wildlife and Regional Development Minister Field Marshal Sarath Fonseka, Defence State Minister Ruwan Wijewardene, Defence Ministry Secretary Kapila Waidyaratne, High Commissioners and Ambassadors, Chief of Defence Staff, Navy Commander, Inspector General of Police, SLAF Past Commanders, Senior Officers of Tri Services, senior State officials, members of the diplomatic corps and distinguished scholars participated.

Director Training Air Vice Marshal WMKSP Weerasinghe made the introductory speech while Air Force Commander Air Marshal Kapila Jayampathy delivered the opening remarks of this year’s symposium conducted under the theme ‘Air Strategy in Substantiating the Geo-Strategic Importance of Sri Lanka’. The Commander spoke of the reasons for the strategic advantage of Sri Lanka and proudly noted that the ‘Vision 2025’ of the SLAF devised in congruity with the National Vision for 2025, underpinned by its inaugural ‘Doctrine of the Air Force’ is a prominent policy measure implemented to advance the use of air power through the Air Force.

The Keynote speech was delivered by the Sri Jayawardenepura University Vice Chancellor Prof. Sampath Amarathunga.

Mementos were presented to the President to mark the occasion by the Commander.

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