An Open Day will be held by the Armed Foces of Malta, at Luqa Barracks this coming Sunday, 2nd October, 2011, with doors opening at 10.00am.
Ahead of this annual AFM day, a Solemn Mass of thanksgiving will be held on Friday, 30th September, at St. John’s Co Cathedral in Valletta at 10.00 am. The President of Malta will inspect a Guard of Honour prior to the Mass. The Prime Minister and Commander AFM will be attending the Solemn Mass together with other distinguished dignitaries. Members of the general public are also invited to attend.
The all-day family event on Sunday 2nd October is where the AFM will showcase varied skills and work performed by various units of the Maltese Armed Forces. Different AFM Units will treat the public with dynamic displays on the main parade ground, and provide other features such as aerial ropeways and helicopter demonstrations. The newly acquired AFM Air Wing’s Maritime Patrol Aircraft (MPA) ‘King Air’ will also perform a special flypast.
The Maritime Squadron’s Rapid Deployment Team (RDT) will perform abseiling and arresting techniques, as well as unarmed combat. A weapons stand, vessel scale models and other assets and capabilities will also be on display, accompanied by detailed explanations from personnel. Other demonstrations will also be performed by 1 Regiment’s ‘C’ (Special Duties) Company, and the AFM Band will give a number of performances and displays.
Static display stands, assets and capabilities will be setup around the barracks, and personnel will be available to provide detailed explanations to the attending public.
Refreshments and warm meals, together with a children’s play area, will be available throughout the day to make it an ideal family day outing.
The programme for the day will be capped off with a Changing of the Guard ceremony, and Beating the Retreat by the AFM Band at 6.00pm.