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Seychelles opens coast guard base funded by UAE

(Wam) / 13 November 2011

VICTORIA (SEYCHELLES) — President James Michel, Commander-in-Chief of the Seychelles People’s Defence Forces, officially opened the new Seychelles Coast Guard Base at Ile Perseverance on Friday. Opening the base, Michel hailed UAE’s assistance and support in building the facility.

Michel unveiled the Seychelles Coast Guard Base plaque, which was witnessed by Major General Eissa Saif Mohammed Al Mazrouiy, Deputy Chief of Staff of the United Arab Emirates Armed Forces; Mallallah Mubarak Al Ameri; UAE Ambassador to Seychelles; as well as military and civilian dignitaries from the Seychelles and the UAE.

The base is a $15 million project which started in October 2010 and is a donation to the Seychelles from the Government and People of the UAE.

During the inaugural ceremony, the Chief of Defence Forces of the SPDF, Brigadier Leopold Payet delivered a speech where he thanked the President, His Highness Shaikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan and General Shaikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces,  for the donation and continued support of the UAE in maritime defence and anti-piracy initiatives.

“This base is a testimony of the strong ties of friendship between our two countries. We thank our partners for their contribution. We are very proud today and very fortunate to have one of the most modern naval bases in the region. With this increase in our capacity to respond to maritime threats we will be better able to improve our resilience in a rapidly changing environment,” said Brigadier Payet.

The Chief of Naval Staff of the UAE, Brigadier General Ibrahim Al Musharak expressed his satisfaction for the completion of the project and extended the support of the UAE Navy to the Seychelles Coast Guard. —

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