Published On: Thu, Feb 14th, 2019

Somali Air Force marks 59th anniversary

Somali air force has marked its 59th anniversary since inception
in 1960 after the country gained its independence from British and Italian

The event which
was colorful kicked off with the march of the band group.

Somali military
chief, General Dahir Adan Elmi has congratulated the forces for their
commitments to serve the nation.

“I want to extend
my gratitude to all the members serving Somali air force. I wish them success
in their work all times,” he said.

The Somali air force was
established in 1960 as part of protecting the country from internal as well as
external aggression.

It carried
out its greatest operation in the theatre of humanitarian relief when it flew
tonnes of aid to tens of thousands of people facing disaster from floods in
1962 and prolonged drought in 1974.

years of civil war, it was disbanded after the fall of late President Siad

It was
rejuvenated in 2010 with the authority of a new Somali central government with
training of its officers taking place in Turkey and Djibouti.

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