Sri Lanka Air Force to co-host Pacific Airlift Rally 2011

Aug 19, Colombo: The Sri Lanka Air Force today announced that it will co-host the Pacific Airlift Rally 2011 with the Pacific Air Command of the United State Air Force at Ratmalana Airport in Colombo, Sri Lanka.

Pacific Airlift Rally (PAR) is a biennial, military airlift symposium sponsored by U.S. Pacific Air Forces (PACAF) for states in the Asia-Pacific region.

At a press conference held Friday at the Air Force Headquarters auditorium in Colombo, the SLAF said the event will be conducted as two individual exercises as Command Post Exercise (CPX) at SLAF Base Ratmalana and Field Training Exercise (FTX) at SLAF Ampara which will be executed parallel to each other.

This is the first time in the history of the Sri Lanka Air Force it co-hosts an international event of this magnitude. The event is scheduled to be conducted from 22nd August 2011 to 26th August 2011.

PAR 11 will focus on enhancing airlift interoperability among 21 regional militaries in support of multilateral humanitarian assistance/disaster relief (HA/DR) operations. Exercise-related events include informational seminars and expert briefings, a command post exercise that addresses military airlift support required during natural disasters, and a field training exercise that builds upon the command post exercise.

Pacific Airlift Rally events include an international seminar, a Command Post Exercise (table top exercise) focusing on humanitarian assistance and disaster relief coordination between the multiple countries and a Field Training Exercise to carry out disaster relief, Para drop, Para troop, cargo drop and various other tactical flying relating to the command post exercise scenario utilizing C-130 Hercules Aircraft.

Tabletop exercise participants include: Australia, Bangladesh, Cambodia, Canada, India, Indonesia, Japan, Laos, Maldives, Malaysia, Mongolia, Nepal, Papua New Guinea, Philippines, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Tonga, United States and Vietnam, PACAF said.

Field training exercise participation will include three United States Air Force C-130 Hercules aircraft from the 374th Airlift Wing at Yokota Airlift Wing, Japan; and one C-130 each from the Royal Malaysian Air Force, Royal Australian Air Force and the Sri Lanka Air Force.

“PAR 11 would be a golden opportunity for us as the SLAF and as a country to boost up competency of the operators as well as to build up mutual understanding between regional countries, in assessing the capability of handling such an eventuality,” the SLAF said.

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