A cohort of US Army Advisers has trained with a wide range of troops across the Maldives National Defense Force, including the presidential guard, the Maldives College of Defense and Security Studies, the marines, the coast guard and an integrated headquarters.
Major General Abdulla Shamaal, tweeted about the first 5th SFAB rotation March 25, saying that year-long discussions centered around increasing training engagements “have become a reality.”
Captain Matthew Orders, a 5th SFAB team leader, told that Maldives seeks to expand their capabilities, continuing to grow because of the political turbulence in the country over the past couple of decades. Moreover, Maldives has a relatively new structure to their military with new leadership, with new visions.
Maldives is set to conduct more military trainings with US as part of renewed diplomatic relations.