SL Air Force unit to be assigned to UN Peace-Keeping Force

SL Air Force unit to be assigned to UN Peace-Keeping Force

Written by Staff Writer

09 Sep, 2014 | 8:25 pm

Air Vice Marshal Kolitha Gunathilake, the Commander of the Sri Lanka Air Force announced on Tuesday that a squadron accompanied by 100 airmen will be assigned to the United Nations Peace-Keeping Force.

According to its mandate from the UN Security Council, the unit will be deployed for service in three central African nations and in Sudan.

This is incidentally the first time in history that the Sri Lanka Air-Force will be deployed for United Nations services.

Three MI17 helicopters with pilots and engineers along with a 122-strong squadron will be deployed to the Central African Republic. These three helicopters will be used to transport troops, VIPs, food, domestic visits, drop off goods via parachutes and also move medical facilities.

Air Vice Marshal Kolitha Gunathilake said:

“Around five years ago, during the war, the United Nations made a request from the Sri Lanka Air Force, if we can provide these helicopters for UN purposes. However, due to the situation that prevailed, we were not capable of undertaking such a responsibility. We received the same request this time around. With the Approval of the Ministry of Defence and the Government we are able to do it for the UN.”

Photo Courtesy – Air Force

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