Air Cdre H S S Thuyacontha WWV RWP and Bar RSP MSc (Def & Strat Stu) psc
Air Cdre HSS Thuyacontha WWV, RWP and Bar, RSP, USP, MSc (Def & Strat Stu), psc joined the Sri Lanka Air Force on 17th May 1988 to the intake 19 as an Officer Cadet and later he was commissioned as a Pilot Officer in the General Duties/Pilot Branch in 1990. During his training period he has successfully completed the Basic Combat Training, Basic Flying Training Course, Basic Helicopter Training Course and Advanced Helicopter Training Course.
After completion of the training in year 1990 he was deployed for operational flying duties as a co pilot in Bell 212/412 helicopters. Subsequently he was appointed as a Flight Safety Officer of the squadron and was posted to No 7Helicopter Squadron where he was involved with intense operational flying in year 1994. In 1996 he was posted to No 4 VIP/VVIP Helicopter Squadron and carried out VVIP/VIP flying.
In 2001, he was posted to No 9 Attack Helicopter Squadron and became an attack helicopter pilot in Mi 24 helicopters. During the tenure at No 9 Squadron, he has participated in all most all major operations conducted in North and East theaters. Subsequently again posted to No. 04 VVIP Squadron and appointed as the Officer Commanding Operations.
In year 2006 posted again to No.09 Attack Helicopter Squadron as a Commanding Officer. During the tenure at No 9 Squadron, he participated in the Humanitarian Operation as an attack helicopter pilot. Soon after the completion of Humanitarian Operation in 2009 he was appointed as a Defence Advisor to High Commissioner in Islamabad, Pakistan for a period of two years.
After the tenure in Pakistan, he was appointed as the Base Commander of SLAF Base Anuradhapura in year 2012 on completion of staff course training at DSCSC, Sapugaskanda.
Presently holding an appointment as Chief Instructor Air Wing at DSCSC, Sapugaskanda since 01 Jan 15.
For the unblemished conduct and operational service, he was awarded with the Poorna Bhumi Medal, Long Service Medal, Riviresa Medal, North and East Operation Medal and Liberation of North and East Medals, 50th Anniversary Medal. Further he was awarded with Videsha Sewa Padakkama and Uththamaseva Padakkama.
Apart from the local military experience the officer has followed several overseas training courses and seminars as well. He has followed Flight Safety Course in Pakistan, Basis Staff Course in Pakistan and participated NESA Counter Terrorism Seminar in USA. Further, he was nominated to carry out Acceptance check of MI-24 Helicopter in Czech Republic in year 2006. He obtained psc and MSc (Def & Strat Stu) qualification in year 2012.
In addition to that he has represented Rugby team of Thurstain College and was selected and represented Colombo Schools Rugby team in year 1986. Further, he was awarded with school Rugby colors in year 1986.
He is married and blessed with two daughters.