Commander of the Air Force (Sri Lanka)

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Commander of the Sri Lanka Air Force
Incumbent
Air Marshal Sumangala Dias

since 15 September 2016
Sri Lanka Air Force
Member ofNational Security Council
Reports toMinistry of Defence
Chief of Defence Staff
SeatAir Force Headquarters, Kumaran Rutnam road, Colombo 2
AppointerThe President
Term lengthNot fixed
Extendable
Constituting instrumentAir Force Act, No. 41 of 1949
Formation2 March 1951; 68 years ago (1951-03-02)
as Commander of the Royal Ceylon Air Force
First holderGroup Captain Graham Bladon (as Commander RCyAF)
DeputyChief of Staff of the Sri Lanka Air Force

The Commander of the Air Force is the professional head of the Sri Lanka Air Force. The current Commander of the Air Force is Air Marshal Sumangala Dias. It is a position comparable to that of Chief of the Air Staff of the Royal Air Force. The Chief of Staff of the Air Force acts as a deputy commander within the command structure.

In the recent past all serving air force commanders have been of the rank of air marshal, promoted to the honorary rank of air chief marshal on retirement or on promotion to Chief of Defence Staff (CDS).

List of commanders (including Commanders of the Royal Ceylon Air Force)[edit]

No. Portrait Rank Name Appointment Left Office Unit Decorations
1 Air Commodore Graham Bladon 5 May 1950 24 October 1958 CBE
2 Air Vice Marshal John Barker 24 October 1958 12 November 1962 CB, CBE, DFC
3 Air Vice Marshal Rohan Amerasekera 12 November 1962 31 December 1970 No. 2 Squadron SLAF DFC & BAR
4 Air Vice Marshal Deshamanya Paddy Mendis 1 January 1971 1 November 1976 No. 2 Squadron SLAF
No. 5 Squadron SLAF
IDC, PSC, FBIM QFI
5 Air Vice Marshal Harry Goonatilake 1 November 1976 30 April 1981 No. 2 Squadron SLAF USP
6 Air Vice Marshal Dick Perera 1 May 1981 30 April 1985 No. 2 Squadron SLAF VSV, NDC, PSC
7 Air Marshal Andibuduge Fernando 1 May 1985 31 July 1990 No. 4 Squadron SLAF VSV, NDC, PSC
8 Air Marshal Makalandage Gunawardena 1 August 1990 16 February 1994 No. 2 Squadron SLAF VSV, NDC, PSC
9 Air Marshal Oliver Ranasinghe 17 February 1994 5 March 1998 No. 4 Squadron SLAF RWP, VSV, USP, NDC, PSC
10 Air Marshal Jayalath Weerakkody 6 March 1998 15 July 2002 No. 2 Squadron SLAF
No. 4 Squadron SLAF
RWP, VSV, USP, NDC, PSC, QFI
11 Air Marshal Donald Perera 16 July 2002 11 June 2006 No. 2 Squadron SLAF VSV, USP, NDC, PSC
12 Air Marshal Roshan Goonatilake 11 June 2006 27 February 2011 No. 4 Squadron SLAF RWP & BAR, VSV, USP, NDC, PSC
13 Harsha Abeywickrama.jpg Air Marshal Harsha Abeywickrama 27 February 2011 28 February 2014 No. 5 Squadron SLAF RWP & BAR, RSP, VSV, USP, RCDS, PSC, QFI
14 Air Chief Marshal Kolitha Aravinda Gunatilleke.jpg Air Marshal Kolitha Gunathilake 28 February 2014 15 June 2015 No. 2 Squadron SLAF RWP & BAR, RSP, VSV, USP, NDC, PSC, QFI
15 Air Marshal Gagan Pulasthi Bulathsinghala 16 June 2015 14 September 2016 No. 4 Squadron SLAF RWP, RSP, USP, NDC, PSC
16 Air Force Chief Marshall Kapila Jayampathy and Rear Adm. Dharmendra Wettewa.jpg Air Marshal Kapila Jayampathy 15 September 2016 present No. 4 Squadron SLAF WWV, RWP, RSP

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