The Sri Lanka Air Force deployed its second aircraft deployment overseas, where three MI 17 Helicopters proceeded to South Sudan to take on the role of an Aviation Unit in South Sudan under the United Nations Mission in the Republic of South Sudan.
The deployment consists three Mi-17 helicopters from the SLAF fleet along with 104 personnel consisting pilots, engineers and other supporting staff.
Wing Commander Vishwa Samantha will be the Contingent Commander in South Sudan.
The first element which comprises 2 Officers,10 Airmen and the three MI 17 aircraft was transported by AN 124 aircraft yesterday.
The Sri Lanka Air Force was selected for the mission through a competitive evaluation process by the UN.
The professionalism of its pilots, the technical expertise and know-how of its engineering elements along with the discipline of its entire force was considered at this evaluation process.
This achievement of the SLAF speaks volumes of the trust and confidence commanded by the entire military forces of Sri Lanka and would go a long way in boosting the Nation’s image further in the international arena.