Indian Navy formally handed over Maldivian Coast Guard Ship CGS Huravee to Maldives National Defence Force (MNDF) on Wednesday after the completion of a refit at Vishakapatnam Naval Dockyard.
Admiral Superintendent of Visakhapatnam Naval Dockyard Rear Admiral Sreekumar Nair handed over the ship to Commanding Officer Major Hussain Rasheed during a ceremony which was attended by Defence Advisor of Maldives to India Colonel Ahmed Thohir as well. CGS Huravee arrived at Visakhapatnam in February 2020 for a refit which was completed in about 10 months amid the COVID-19 induced lockdown and restrictions.
Speaking at the ceremony, Col Ahmed Thohir expressed gratitude towards the Indian Navy and also read out a message from the Maldives Defence Minister. As per the message read out by the Colonel, Maldives Defence Minister hailed Headquar Eastern Naval Command, Indian Navy and Government of India for the ‘excellent conduct and smooth & safe completion of the refit’ amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
On the other hand, Chief Guest of the event, Rear Admiral Sreekumar Nair spoke of the strict measures adhered to during the refit in order to ensure that the workforce remained free of COVID-19 infection whilst meeting the refit targets.