Speaking after the Commander-in-Chief’s Force and Fleet Review, President Mohamed Nasheed has applauded the valuable services and responsibilities of the Maldives National Defence Force to the people and the country.

President Nasheed said the Maldives security forces have rendered their invaluable services at every instance of national importance. He particularly noted the support of MNDF in bringing democratic reforms to the Maldives.

Continuing his address to the Maldives military forces, the President highlighted the importance of the functions of defence and security forces in protecting the country, safeguarding and promoting its interests, and leading the country in the best course for its future.

Speaking in this regard, he said a national force that would act in unity and unconditionally, without political influence, and only with the nation and its interest in mind, did not exist “for no reason”.

The President said in order to expand the services and modernise the military, MNDF services were decentralised and command centres were established in four areas of the country.

During the past year, MNDF had divided its forces into four area command centres established in Male’ and in South, North and Central regions of the country.

In addition, the President said MNDF was currently undertaking infrastructural development, resource modernisation, training and capacity building to further modernise the military and expand its services.

The Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces said he could see a complete transformation of the Maldives defence force to a skilful and an able force.

The First ever Commander-in-Chief’s Force and Fleet Review was held at Jumhooree Maidhan this afternoon, to mark the 118th anniversary of MNDF.

During the review President and the Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces Mohamed Nasheed inspected the MNDF Marine Corps and the Coast Guard Fleet. Displays of Air Wing and Special Forces were also held at the review.

President Nasheed also presented the colours of the newly established MNDF Support Service Corps, to the Commandant of the Support Service Corps Brigadier General Ahmed Nilam at the ceremony.