President Peter Mutharika on Wednesday presided over the commissioning of the Malawi Defence Force (MDF) warships on Lake Malawi at the Maritime Force Headquarters in Monkey Bay, Mangochi, two of which have been named after Mutharika and former president Bakili Muluzi.
The warships are dubbed Ship of the Malawi Republic (SMR) Mutharika and SMR Muluzi.
There are also other four warships named after former MDF Generals; SMRs Yohane, Maulana, Khanga and Chigawa.
President Mutharika, who is commander-in-chief of MDF, said the warships will help to beef up the security of the country and appealed to the soldiers to take good care of them.
He, therefore, commended MDF for ensuring that there was peace and order in the country, pledging his support in discharging their duties.
“The military will continue getting the best support from my government and let me assure you that your welfare is at my heart. Currently, hospital facilities and houses of officers in MDF establishments are in our plans,” he added.
MDF Commander General, Vincent Nundwe also thanked President Mutharika for equipping the military with the warships, saying the vessels would go a long way in enhancing the operations of the marine unit.
“The ships have come at a right time and our job will be easy. We thank you for that. The ships have been named after Muluzi because he is the first president in multiparty democracy and some of the former commander generals who made impact in the force,” said Nundwe.
Deputy Minister of Defence, Chipiliro Mpinganjira thanked President Mutharika for approving procurement of the warships despite the current economic challenges.