Seychelles military gets new Tata four-wheel drives from India
The two new Land Rover type Tata four wheel drives gifted to the Seychelles Defence Forces by the Indian government (Jude Morel, Seychelles News Agency)
(Seychelles News Agency) - The Seychelles Peoples’ Defense Forces (SPDF) is now equipped with two new military vehicles donated by the Indian government.
The outgoing Indian High Commissioner to Seychelles, Thanglura Darlong, presented the keys of the two Land Rover type “Tata four-wheel drives” to the Chief of the Seychelles Defence Forces, Brigadier Leopold Payet in a ceremony at the SPDF headquarters at Bel Eau yesterday morning.
The Seychelles Foreign Affairs Minister Jean Paul Adam was given the honour of officially starting the vehicles.
The vehicles have been built to the latest military standards and designed to transport troops.
“….the vehicles will be of good use to the SPDF as they are well adapted to the local terrain,” said Payet.
|Outgoing Indian High Commissioner Thanglura Darlong (left) presenting the keys of the new vehicles to Brigadier Payet (Jude Morel, Seychelles News Agency) Photo License: Attribution
Darlong described the donation as testimony of the friendship and cooperation which exists between two countries, including in the areas of defense and security.
India and Seychelles share a long history of military cooperation starting almost since Seychelles became independent in 1976.
Each year a number of Seychellois soldiers are sent to for training at various Military Academies in New Delhi.
Still as part of cooperation in the military field, last year the Indian government donated a Dornier 228 Maritime Reconnaissance aircraft to the Seychelles Defence Forces.