REMARKS BY HON. MAJ GEN (RTD) CHARLES DNP NAMOLOH, MP, MINISTER OF DEFENCE OF THE REPUBLIC OF NAMIBIA, AT THE HANDING OVER AND COMMISSIONING CEREMONY OF TWO H425 Z9 HELICOPTERS HELD AT AIR FORCE HEADQUARTERS, GROOTFONTEIN, ON 20 APRIL 2012

It is my great pleasure and honour to officiate at this handing over and commissioning ceremony of the two H425 Z9 helicopters manufactured by Hafei and supplied by Poly Technologies.
This occasion symbolises once more the existing excellent relationship and cooperation between the peoples of the People’s Republic of China and the Republic of Namibia in general as well as the cooperation between Poly Technologies and Ministry of Defence of the Republic of Namibia in particular.

The importance of this ceremony centres in the fact that representatives of both Poly Technologies and Hafei made sure that they would be present to witness this important occasion.
This once more demonstrates that Namibia and China are determined to promote their mutual interests despite the distance that separates the two countries. This is indeed reassuring and I believe this kind of relationship will continue in the future for the benefit of the peoples of our two countries.

This ceremony comes just after I reported to the Namibian Parliament on 13 April this year about the acquisition of these helicopters. At that occasion, I informed the Namibian nation that these helicopters will be ready to be used for national relief duties. Therefore, I wish to emphasise the point that in addition to strengthening the capacity of the Namibian Air Force, the helicopters are national assets available to assists civil authorities and communities as the need arises.
I would like to take this opportunity to thank Hafei and Poly Technologies for supplying the Namibian Defence Force with these important military assets.

I call upon the Namibian Defence Force to take good care of the helicopters and to make sure that the personnel responsible for operating these helicopters are adequately trained and given additional training in accordance with the needs.
I hope that this is just one step forward for the Namibian Defence Force and the two companies to work together for mutual benefit and development.
With those few remarks, I now have the honour to hand over the two H425 Z9 helicopters to the Chief of the Namibian Defence Force for use in defending the country and assisting the nation during relief duties.

I thank you.