|China Bay Airport|
சீனக்குடா விமான நிலையம்
චීන වරාය ගුවන්තොටුපළ
|SLAF China Bay crest|
|SLAF China Bay crest|
|IATA: TRR – ICAO: VCCT|
|Owner||Government of Sri Lanka|
|Operator||Sri Lanka Air Force|
|Location||China Bay, Sri Lanka|
|Commander||H. M. S. K. Kotakadeniya|
|Elevation AMSL||2 m / 7 ft|
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China Bay Airport (Tamil language: சீனக்குடா விமான நிலையம், Sinhalese language: චීන වරාය ගුවන්තොටුපළ) (IATA: TRR, ICAO: VCCT) is an air force base and domestic airport in China Bay in eastern Sri Lanka. Located approximately 7 km (4.3 mi) south west of the city of Trincomalee, the airport is also known as Trincomalee Airport and SLAF China Bay. Originally built by the British during colonial times, it was taken over by the Sri Lanka Air Force.
History[edit | edit source]
During the 1920s the British built an air base in China Bay in eastern Ceylon. The Royal Air Force established a base at China Bay in March 1942 with Hurricane, Spitfire and Catalina aircraft. A number of RAF squadrons (17, 159, 205, 240, 258, 261, 273, 321, 357, 648) and other units were stationed at the airfield during and immediately after the war. The base was bombed by the Japanese on 9 April 1942 during World War II. The airfield played a role in the Allied attempt to retake Malaya with B29 bombers using the airfield.
After independence, the British maintained two military bases in Ceylon, the air force base in Katunayake and the naval base in Trincomalee, and camps at Diyatalawa. The naval base in Trincomalee included the air base in China Bay. The base was opened to civilian flights in 1952. All British military bases in the country were taken over by the Ceylonese government in November 1957. RAF China Bay became RCyAF China Bay. It became SLAF Base China Bay in May 1972. The base was turned into the Sri Lanka Air Force Academy in March 1976. The academy was made an air force base in January 1987 due to the civil war.
Airlines and destinations[edit | edit source]
|Cinnamon Air||Colombo-Bandaranaike, Sigiriya|
|FitsAir||Charter : Colombo-Ratmalana|
|Millennium Airlines||Colombo-Bandaranaike, Colombo-Ratmalana|
Lodger squadrons[edit | edit source]
Air Force Academy[edit | edit source]
The base houses the Sri Lanka Air Force Academy. Established in 1976, the academy is where the Sri Lanka Air Force conducts its initial officer training. Currently there are three lodger formations carrying out training:
- Combat Training School
- Junior Command & Staff College
- Non-Commissioned Officers Management School
References[edit | edit source]
- "VCCT TRINCOMALEE / China-bay". Aeronautical Information Services of Sri Lanka, Airport & Aviation Services. http://www.airport.lk/AIS/95.htm.
- "TRR - Airport". Great Circle Mapper. http://www.gcmap.com/airport/TRR.
- "History of Air Force Base China Bay". Sri Lanka Air Force. Archived from the original on 7 June 2008. http://web.archive.org/web/20080607190112oe_/http://www.airforce.lk/est/cby/cbyhisbs.htm.
- "RAF Stations - C". Air of Authority - A History of RAF Organisation. http://www.rafweb.org/Stations/Stations-C.htm.
- Devarajah, Lloyd Rajaratnam (11 April 2010). "Ceylon’s Pearl Harbour attack". http://www.sundaytimes.lk/100411/Plus/plus_26.html.
- Wijenayaka, Walter (5 April 2011). "Bombing of Colombo during world war II". http://www.island.lk/index.php?page_cat=article-details&page=article-details&code_title=22450.
- "Sri Lankan Aviation History". Ministry of Civil Aviation, Sri Lanka. http://www.aviationmin.gov.lk/en/sub_pgs/aboutus_SL%20Av.%20History.html.
- "Take over of Trincomalee a landmark event". 12 October 2008. http://www.sundaytimes.lk/081012/FunDay/fundaytimes_2.html.
- "Air Force takes wing". 9 March 2008. http://www.sundaytimes.lk/080309/FunDay/heritage.html.
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