India gifts new offshore patrol vessel to Maldives, bolstering maritime security

President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih seen onboard the the new offshore patrol vessel gifted by the Government of India, named 'C.G.S. Huravee'. | Photo: President’s Office

On Tuesday, the President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih, oversaw the commissioning of a new offshore patrol vessel gifted to the Maldives by the Government of India.

The ceremony took place this morning at the port area of The Maldives National Defence Force (MNDF)’s Coast Guard ships in Hulhumale’.

The ceremony was attended by the Minister of Defence of India, Rajnath Singh, the Minister of Defense of the Maldives, Mariya Ahmed Didi, the Higher Commissioner of the Republic of India to the Republic of Maldives, Munu Mahawar, and a delegation of the Government of India, as well as senior officers of the MNDF.

During the ceremony, President Solih handed over the national flag to be raised on the new offshore patrol vessel, which has been named ‘C.G.S. Huravee’. The ship, which started service today, was given in exchange for the previous ship operated under the same name.

The offshore patrol vessel and landing craft, both donated by the Government of India to the Government of the Maldives, were delivered by the Indian Minister of Defence, Rajnath Singh, to his Maldivian counterpart, Mariya Ahmed Didi.

At the ceremony, Mariya Ahmed Didi presented a plaque of appreciation to Rajnath Singh to honor India’s continued aid. This donation is expected to significantly enhance the MNDF Coast Guard’s capabilities in maritime security and strengthen national security in the Maldives.