Maldivian military pilots have started piloting military aircrafts

Updated: 09-11-2021, 15:30

Maldivian military pilots have started to pilot the MNDF Dornier Flight for the first time.

At the ceremony held at the northern runway of Velaanaa International Airport, Chief of Defence Force Major General Abdullah Shamaal handed the Coast Guard Aviation Squadron Badge to the two pilots of MNDF, First Lieutenant Ibrahim Shareef, and Lieutenant Ahmed Ali.

Addressing the two pilots, Chief of Defence Force in his speech, mentioned the importance of this milestone crossed, and that MNDF pilots taking up to the sky alongside their counterparts is a historic moment.

Chief of Defence Force mentioned the time and effort put in trying to train and facilitate MNDF pilots in flying alongside Indian pilots, and expressed the contribution of aerial platforms and aircrafts in providing humanitarian assistance.

Chief of Defence Force expressed gratitude towards President of Maldives and Commander in Chief, Ibrahim Mohamed Solih, as well as Defence Minister Mariya Ahmed Didi in making this day a reality. Chief of Defence Force in his speech thanked Indian Air Force for training MNDF pilots.

MNDF Dornier Flights are utilized in patrolling exclusive economic seas of Maldives, monitoring illegal fishing in the seas of Maldives, forfending drug and human trafficking, search and rescue of those distress at sea, medical evacuations, humanitarian assistance, providing operational and logistic aid in operations, maritime surveillance and reconnaissance, and protecting economic areas of Maldives and its natural resources. Starting from 2010 to October of 2021, MNDF Dornier Flight has been involved in 363 medical evacuations, 77 operations of salvage and saving lives at sea, and 121 surveillance operations where numerous drug cases were intercepted.

MNDF Dornier Flight and Helicopter has diminished time and money spent on patrolling economic seas of Maldives. These aircrafts have paved way for faster response and has made ease in tracking and monitoring illegal vessels entering Maldives.