President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih on Tuesday commissioned the new offshore patrol vessel gifted by the Government of the Republic of India to the Government of the Republic of Maldives. The ceremony took place this morning at the port area of The Maldives National Defence Force (MNDF)’s Coast Guard ships in Hulhumale’.
The Minister of Defence of India H.E. Rajnath Singh, Minister of Defense Uza. Mariya Ahmed Didi, The Higher Commissioner of the Republic of India to the Republic of Maldives, H.E. Munu Mahawar, and a delegation of the Government of India and senior officers of the MNDF attended the ceremony as well.
During the ceremony, President Solih handed over the national flag to be hoisted on board the offshore patrol vessel to the Commanding Officer. The ship, named ‘C.G.S. Huravee’ started service today, and was given as an exchange for the ship previously being operated as “C.G.S. Huravee”.
The offshore patrol vessel and landing craft donated by the Government of India to the Government of the Maldives were delivered by H.E. Rajnath Singh, the Minister of Defence of India to the Minister of Defense Uza. Mariya Ahmed Didi. At the ceremony, Minister of Defense Uza. Mariya Ahmed Didi presented a plaque of appreciation to the Minister of Defence of India H.E. Rajnath Singh in honour of their continued aid.
This donation will greatly improve the MNDF Coast Guard’s operating capabilities in maritime security, bolstering national security.