Kapila Jayampathy

Kapila Jayampathy
Allegiance Sri Lanka
Service/branch Sri Lanka Air Force
Years of service 5 March 1982 -
Rank Air Marshal
Commands held Air Force Commander of Sri Lanka,Director of Operations at Air Force Headquarters
Awards WWV, RWP, RSP

Air Marshal Kapila Jayampathy (also known as Kapila Veedhiya Bandara Jayampathy) WWV, RWP, RSP MSc (international relations), MSc (Def & Strat) is the current Commander of Sri Lanka Air Force.[1][2][3]

Early life and education

Kapila was received his education from Nalanda College Colombo [4][5] and a graduate of PLA National Defense University in Defence Studies. He is the first officer to be nominated and appointed to the National Defense University of China, where he graduated with distinction and a fellowship.[6]

Air Marshal Kapila was presented with Nalanda Keerthi Sri award by his alma mater Nalanda College, Colombo in 2016.[7]

Military career

Kapila joined Sri Lanka Air Force on 5 March 1982 as an Officer cadet and was commissioned as a Pilot officer in General Duties branch of No. 4 Squadron SLAF in 1985. Kapila is a Qualified Helicopter Instructor (QHI) with an exceptional A-2 Instructor grading to his credit and a VVIP Pilot.

He was the Commanding Officer of the No. 7 Squadron SLAF at Sri Lanka Air Force Base Hingurakgoda. Later in the year 2000 Kapila was appointed as the Commanding Officer of the No. 6 Squadron SLAF and he was flying the Mil Mi-17 helicopters.

In January 2005 he was appointed as the Defense Advisor to the Sri Lankan High Commission in Islamabad, Pakistan.

In December 2009, he took over duties as the Base Commander Sri Lanka Air Force Base China Bay. Latyer when SLAF Base China Bay was upgraded and renamed as the Air Force Academy, he was re-designated as the Commandant of the Air Force Academy.

He has followed Bell Helicopter Transition Courses at Bell Textron, Texas, USA- 1986, Joint Air Warfare Course at IAF in India -1992, Junior Command and Staff Course at PAF in Pakistan -1992, Air Crew Instructors Course at RAF, Cranwell, UK -1996, Defense Resource Management Course, Bangkok, Thailand- 1997, Air Doctrine symposium, Guam, USA- 1998, Cobra Gold Combined Exercise, Bangkok, Thailand- 2001, Defense Resource Management Course – Naval Post Graduate School, Monterey, California USA - 2004, National Defense Course, China in 2008/2009, during his service career.


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Preceded by
Gagan Bulathsinghala
Commander of the Air Force
12 September 2016 - Present
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