AFM soldiers leave for an EU mission off the coast of Somalia
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Earlier today, the AFM’s Special Duties Enhanced Boarding Team (SDEBT) made up of three Officers and nineteen other ranks embarked the Dutch Naval vessel HNLMS DE ZEVEN PROVINCIEN for their deployment off the coast of Somalia.
The families of the soldiers were invited to attend the departure ceremony. They boarded the ship and shared lunch with both the Maltese and Dutch soldiers serving onboard.
The Commander of the Armed Forces of Malta, Brigadier Jeffrey Curmi and H.E the Dutch Ambassador Dr. Rita Dulci Rahman, met and spoke to the soldiers individually and augured the best for the upcoming mission.
Commander Armed Forces of Malta thanked the soldiers for volunteering for such an important mission and emphasised the fact that this will surely bring honour not only to them but to the country they represent. He further thanked the families of the soldiers for sharing in the sacrifices made by the soldiers during overseas operations.
Brigadier Curmi emphasised that this mission came after months of professional training both locally and abroad with the Dutch forces.
Her Excellency, the Dutch Ambassador to Malta Dr. Rita Dulci Rahman said that this is yet further proof that the two countries are committed to combat piracy and that collaboration at all levels between the two countries is at a very good level.
This is the fourth time that the AFM is participating with troops as part of EU NAVFOR Atalanta off the coast of Somalia.
Director Defence Matters, Ms Joanne Mercieca together with H.E the Ambassador to the Kingdom of the Netherlands signed a memorandum of understanding between the two countries at the AFM’s Maritime Squadron.