Press release

India to Provide Operational Training for Dornier Aircraft

September 20, 2013

The Governments of India and Seychelles have today further solidified their cooperation in the field of maritime security through the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding for the Deputation of Indian Naval Personnel for Operational Training and Basic Maintenance of the Seychelles Peoples Defence Forces (SPDF) Dornier, which was donated by India to Seychelles.

The Minister for Foreign Affars, Mr. Jean-Paul Adam, has signed the agreement, which details the secondment of two pilots and other technical personnel on a two-year rotational basis, with the Resident Indian High Commissioner, H.E. Mr. Thanglura Darlong.

Speaking at the ceremony held at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Minister Adam described the agreement as being “key” and spoke of the loyal partnership between Seychelles and India particularly in securing their shared security in the Indian Ocean.

Minister Adam said that the donated Dornier had already been instrumental in security operations and also spoke of the necessity to continually protect maritime resources:

“We have been talking a lot about the untapped potential of our oceans through the Blue Economy and the expanse of oceanic resources that entails, but it is not possible to fully explore this without a secure ocean.”

High Commissioner Darlong echoed the Minister’s sentiments and spoke of the brotherly relations between Seychelles and India, the rich history of which will be celebrated in the upcoming Seychelles India Day on the 4th October.

The Chief of the SPDF, Brigadier Leopold Payet, witnessed the signing along with other key military and government officials.