Armed Forces of Malta
|Armed Forces of Malta |
Forzi Armati ta' Malta
|Founded||19 April 1973|
|Prime Minister||Lawrence Gonzi|
|Chief of staff||Brigadier Martin G. Xuereb|
|Military age||18 years of age|
|Available for |
|males age 15-49: 99,107 (2002 est.), age 15–49|
|Fit for |
|males age 15-49: 78,909 (2002 est.), age 15–49|
|Active personnel||2,140 (2002 est.)|
|Budget||$60 million (2000 est.)|
|Percent of GDP||1.7% (2000)|
|History||Military history of Malta|
The Armed Forces of Malta is the name given to the combined armed services of
HQ AFM is the main command centre for the Armed Forces of Malta, and is divided into four main areas.
1st Regiment, AFM
1st Regiment is Malta's
Air Wing, AFM
has responsibility for the security of Maltese airspace, maritime patrol, Search and Rescue, and provision of military assistance to other Government departments. The current air assets include:
The maritime squadron has a wide range of duties, including coast guard, customs, marine police, fisheries protection and search and rescue. Current maritime assets:
The European commission has voted 110 million euros in funds for the AFM. The government has purchased 4 new patrol vessels to upgrade and strengthen the maritime squadron as well as ordered a new offshore maritime surveillance aircraft.
A list of vessels since retired by the AFM :
Rapid Deployment Team (R.D.T)
3rd Regiment, AFM
3 Regiment is the AFM's main support unit, and consists of three operational sections.
4th Regiment, AFM
Established with the AFM review of Oct 30th, 2006, it includes:
Emergency Volunteer Reserve Force
In addition to the regular forces, there is also the Emergency Volunteer Reserve Force, which consists of part-time volunteers to support the regulars at Air Defence & Support Company (ADSC), 1 Regiment AFM.
Italian Military Mission Malta
The presence of the Italian Military Mission (IMM) in Malta has taken form in the shape of technical assistance spread over three periods of time. Firstly, between 1973 and 1979, then between 1981 and July 1988, and lastly between July 1988 to date.
IMM personnel resources in Malta total to 12 Officers and 35 NCOs from the three Service branches of the Italian Armed Forces. It is also equipped with two AB 212 helicopters, 15 heavy plant vehicles, 60 light all-purpose utility vehicles, radio telecommunications, and weapons.
The AFM was formed upon Malta becoming a
The AFM wears a single
King's Own Malta Regiment
The King's Own Malta Regiment was a territorial infantry regiment on the
Uniform and Personal Equipment
Retrieved from : http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Armed_Forces_of_Malta#King.27s_Own_Malta_Regiment