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Maldives, Japan conduct search and rescue excercise

Mariyam Malsa
23 July 2019, MVT 09:53
Japanese navy plane at Velana International Airport (VIA). PHOTO: MALDIVIAN NATIONAL DEFENCE FORCE (MNDF)
Mariyam Malsa
23 July 2019, MVT 09:53

Maldives National Defence Force (MNDF) and Japan Maritime Self Defence Force, on Monday, collaboratively conducted a search and rescue exercise.

The programme was conducted in the waters east of the airport island of Hulhule', Kaafu Atoll with Maldivian Coast Guard ship, 'Shaheed Ali' and a Japanese aircraft.

MNDF media official Captain Azim stated that the programme involved practical training of methods to rescue victims of maritime accidents. He revealed that a significant number of coastguard members participated in the exercise.

Several marine accidents occur annually in Maldives most of which are reported during the Southwest monsoon.

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