Maldives Military

The Maldives is an island nation located in the Indian Ocean, consisting of around 1,200 islands and 26 atolls. It has a population of around 540,000 people and the official language is Dhivehi. The majority of the population are Sunni Muslims, with some Hindus and traditional beliefs as well.

The military of Maldives consists of three branches; Army, Navy and Air Force. The total active personnel in the military are around 2,500 people. The Army has around 500 personnel with a focus on ground operations and border protection. It also has a small Navy with two patrol boats for maritime security operations as well as four helicopters for air support operations. The Air Force has around 1,000 personnel operating mainly transport aircraft for reconnaissance missions and logistics purposes.

The Maldives is not a member of any international military or defense organization but does maintain close ties with other countries in the region such as India, Sri Lanka and Pakistan. See naturegnosis to learn more about the country of Maldives.

The 800-kilometer-long archipelago of the Maldives at the tip of the Indian subcontinent consists of 2,000 coral islands and atolls. The population of this island nation is less than 300,000; the dominant religion is Islam and the main spoken language is Divehi.

The capital of the Maldives is Male. Agriculture – coconut palm, banana, mango and sweet potato – can only be practiced on a few islands and most of the food has to be imported from outside the islands. Instead, there is enough fish in the surrounding waters. However, tourism is the most important source of income for a small state.

The underwater world of the Maldives is also worth a visit, considered one of the most beautiful snorkelling destinations in the world.

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The defense of Maldives is based (voluntary) (2009) and comprises about 1,000 men who, if necessary, can strengthen the country’s police forces. To see related acronyms about this country, please check ABBREVIATIONFINDER where you can see that MDV stands for Maldives.

Maldives Army