The foundation stone for the construction of a new auditorium at SLAF Academy
China Bay under the grant donated by Indian Air Force strengthening the
longstanding relationship was jointly laid today (04 May 2023) by the patronage of
Air Chief Marshal Vivek Ram Chaudhari, the visiting Chief of the Air Staff of the
Indian Air Force and Commander of the Sri Lanka Air Force Air Marshal
Sudarshana Pathirana.
The new building is located inside the academy next to the gymnasium. The
auditorium can accommodate up to 700 people, with 565 on the main hall and 135
on the balcony. The intended period for the construction of this project is 6
The facilities will consist with a stage with sounds and lighting, fully air
conditioned main hall with balcony, control room, VIP room with wash room,
ticketing and information office, dressing room for males and females, separate
wash room for males and females and landscaped premises with parking space.
The auditorium will benefit all trainees in the Academy including Student Officers
of Junior Command and Staff College, Officer Cadets in Ground Training Wing
and NCOs of Non Commission Officers Management School.
This memorable occasion inaugurated amidst the multi religious blessings and the
event was attended by President Indian Air Force Wives Welfare Association, Mrs.
Neeta Chaudhari, Chairperson SLAF Seva Vanitha Unit, Mrs. Charmini Pathirana,
other IAF visiting dignitaries, Director General Civil Engineering Air Vice
Marshal Udula Wijesinghe, Director General Training Air Vice Marshal Bandu
Edirisinghe, Commandant SLAF Academy China Bay Air Commodore Deshapriya
Silva along with a cross section of Officers and Airmen representing the Sri Lanka
Air Force.