Commander of the Air Force (Sri Lanka)

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 Sudarshana Pathirana. 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.

Commander of the Sri Lanka Air Force
ශ්‍රී ලංකා ගුවන් හමුදාපති
Incumbent
Air Marshal Sudarshana Pathirana

since 2 November 2020
 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
Constituting instrumentAir Force Act, No. 41 of 1949
Formation2 March 1951; 71 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
WebsiteOfficial website

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 commandersEdit

No. Picture Commander Took office Left office Time in office Unit Ref.
1Bladon, GrahamAir Commodore
Graham Bladon
CBE

(1899–1967)
5 May 195024 October 19588 years, 172 days[1]
2Barker, JohnAir Vice Marshal
John Barker
CB, CBE, DFC

(1910–2004)
24 October 195812 November 19624 years, 19 days[1]
3Amerasekera, RohanAir Vice Marshal
Rohan Amerasekera
DFC & Bar

(1916–1974)
12 November 196231 December 19708 years, 49 daysNo. 2 Squadron SLAF[1]
4Mendis, PaddyAir Vice Marshal
Deshamanya Paddy Mendis
(1933–2022)
1 January 19711 November 19765 years, 305 daysNo. 2 Squadron SLAF
No. 5 Squadron SLAF
[1]
5Goonatilake, HarryAir Vice Marshal
Harry Goonatilake
USP

(1929–2008)
1 November 197630 April 19814 years, 180 daysNo. 2 Squadron SLAF[1]
6Perera, DickAir Vice Marshal
Dick Perera
VSV
1 May 198130 April 19853 years, 364 daysNo. 2 Squadron SLAF[1]
7Fernando, WalterAir Marshal
Walter Fernando
VSV
1 May 198531 July 19905 years, 91 daysNo. 4 Squadron SLAF[1]
8Gunawardena, TerryAir Marshal
Terry Gunawardena
VSV
1 August 199016 February 19943 years, 199 daysNo. 2 Squadron SLAF[1]
9Ranasinghe, OliverAir Marshal
Oliver Ranasinghe
RWP, VSV, USP
17 February 19945 March 19984 years, 16 daysNo. 5 Squadron SLAF[1]
10Weerakkody, JayalathAir Marshal
Jayalath Weerakkody
RWP, VSV, USP
6 March 199815 July 20024 years, 131 daysNo. 2 Squadron SLAF
No. 4 Squadron SLAF
[1]
11Perera, DonaldAir Marshal
Donald Perera
VSV, USP
16 July 200211 June 20063 years, 330 daysNo. 2 Squadron SLAF[1]
12Goonetileke, RoshanAir Marshal
Roshan Goonetileke
RWP, VSV, USP

(born 1956)
11 June 200627 February 20114 years, 261 daysNo. 4 Squadron SLAF[1]
13Abeywickrama, HarshaAir Marshal
Harsha Abeywickrama
RWP, RSP, VSV, USP
27 February 201127 February 20143 years, 0 daysNo. 5 Squadron SLAF[1]
14Gunathilake, KolithaAir Marshal
Kolitha Gunathilake
RWP, RSP, VSV, USP
27 February 201415 June 20151 year, 108 daysNo. 2 Squadron SLAF[1]
15Bulathsinghala, GaganAir Marshal
Gagan Bulathsinghala
RWP, RSP, USP, VSV

(born 1961)
15 June 201512 September 20161 year, 89 daysNo. 4 Squadron SLAF[1]
16Jayampathy, KapilaAir Marshal
Kapila Jayampathy
WWV, RWP, RSP, VSV, USP
13 September 201629 May 20192 years, 258 daysNo. 4 Squadron SLAF[1]
17Dias, SumangalaAir Marshal
Sumangala Dias
RSP
30 May 20192 November 20201 year, 156 daysNo. 6 Squadron SLAF[1]
18PATHIRANA, SudarshanaAir Marshal
Sudarshana Pathirana
WWV, RWP, RSP, VSV, USP
2 November 2020Incumbent1 year, 242 daysNo. 5 Squadron SLAF
No. 10 Squadron SLAF

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q "Past Commanders". airforce.lk. Sri Lanka Air Force. Retrieved 5 May 2021.