The Dornier military aircraft donated by India to the Maldives has been used in operations for the first time.
The aircraft was brought to the Maldives at the end of last month.
Maldives National Defense Force (MNDF) said that the aircraft was used in operations for the first time to airlift a 78-year old individual who needed critical medical attention. The patient was transported from Kulhudhuffushi to Male’.
The aircraft is based in Hanimaadhoo. The aircraft is to be used for Search and Rescue operations as well as Maritime/EEZ surveillance and Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Relief for Maldivians in the north. The aircraft will also assist in ongoing joint EEZ surveillance activities by India and the Maldives.