No. 7 Helicopter Squadron marks 28th Anniversary

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The No. 7 Helicopter Squadron of Sri Lanka Air Force, also known as the “Cradle of Helicopter Pilots,” located at Sri Lanka Air Force Base Hingurakgoda holds an unbowed, unbroken, and unbent reputation and a magnificent history from 1994 to date, by rendering 28 years of dedicated service to our motherland.

The Squadron was initially established as the No. 401 Squadron on 23 September 1994 comprising Bell 212 and Bell 206 Helicopters and was re-designated as the No. 7 Helicopter Squadron on 23 March 1996. The undeniable role played by the Squadron paved the way for many victories throughout the war. At present, the Squadron is Commanded by Group Captain Sanoj Jayaratne and consists of Bell 212 and Bell 206 Jet Ranger helicopters, along with 47 Officers and 165 Airmen. Apart from the bravery and valour shown during the past, the Squadron is further geared up to undertake a wider spectrum of air operations within the gamut of entire air power taxonomy, with available aircraft in the squadron fleet, keeping the professionalism and utmost intact to flight safety.

Marking the 28th Anniversary on 23 September 2022, under the guidance and supervision of Commanding Officer, Group Captain Sanoj Jayaratne, the Squadron carried out a weeks-long Community Service Project at Siriketha Primary School Hingurakgoda, which was a remote school around the vicinity of the SLAF Base Hingurakgoda. Further, a Bhodi Pooja and a Pirith Chanting Ceremony was also held at Buddhist Centre Hingurakgoda commemorating the fallen heroes of the Squadron and also to invoke blessings on serving squadron personnel and their families.