Chief of Defense Force Major General Abdulla Shamal, on Friday, attributed the main reason behind collaborations with foreign militaries to increasing the competency of Maldivian armed forces.
In an address on the occasion of the 131st anniversary of Maldives National Defense Force – Shamal assured that soldiers remain committed and vigilant to protect and defend Maldives’ independence and sovereignty. He added that the military would always prioritize the safety of the citizens and national interest.
He stressed many efforts had been undertaken during the course of last year to defend Maldives’ independence and sovereignty as well as to increase the competency of the armed forces. In this regard, modern equipment and weapons were acquired while operation centres were established.
“I happily note that all necessary efforts in preparations for our operations role as stipulated in the capstone doctrine have been undertaken and are still being undertaken,” he said.
Shamal also underscored that work was underway to establish preventive measures against regional security threats.
“I also happily note that our participation in activities carried out in collaboration with foreign nations has aided positively in our efforts to uphold civil stability and protect and defend Maldives’ independence and sovereignty,” he added.
Shamal emphasized improving the quality of services provided to citizens as one of the most important goals of the armed forces. In this trajectory, he said efforts are underway to ensure the armed forces a trusted, loved and respected by the citizens.
He detailed the many works carried out last year to achieve this goal including enhancing the quality of services provided with respect to assistance to those stranded at sea and rescuing citizens and their goods.
Shamal further stated the armed forces’ strategic vision is to establish a service acceptable to the people under the guidance and advice of President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih and Defense Minister Mariya Ahmed Didi.
A special flag hoisting ceremony was held at 6:00am on Friday morning at Kalhuthukkalaa Koshi to mark the MNDF's anniversary. The ceremony was officiated by Defense Minister Mariya.
The first known armed force in the Maldives was incepted on April 21, 1892.