The US Navy has concluded the Sea Vision Operator training for Maldivian Coast Guard personnel.

“Seventeen sailors from MNDF Coast Guard successfully complete[d] the Sea Vision Operator Course conducted from 19-24 May. This collaborative effort with @US7thFleet [the U.S. 7th Fleet] will enhance the MDA [Maritime Domain Awareness] capabilities of MNDF Coast Guard,” the MNDF said in a post to social media.

The current administration, in its six months in office, has continued to build on military ties between the Maldives and the United States (US), with the US deciding to outfit the Maldives’ Coast Guard with modern vessels. However, no additional details about the vessels have been provided thus far.

In addition, the US Montana National Guard and the MNDF continue to conduct ‘Exercise Black Marlin’, which began on 5 May and is expected to conclude on 28 May.

The training will include five Subject Meta Expert Exchange (SMEE) Programmes; including on intelligence, logistics, medical, Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD), and infantry-related SMEEs.

The Infantry SMEE will be conducted at Kadhdhoo Island in Laamu Atoll, while all other SMEEs will be conducted in Malé.