Hi friends! No words can be used to describe how I felt on my first day as a blue economy intern. To begin I’ll introduce myself. My name is Annia Marengo and I am 20 years old. It is my first week, and I am currently attached to the Seychelles Air force unit. A warm welcome by all the friendly staff of the unit built the foundation for my first week of attachment at the base. With two other colleagues by my side Ms. Conchita and Ms. Jonise, we were taken on a small tour around the establishment to better know the offices and their functions as well as the officers and their roles and responsibilities.
The Air force was first formed in 1978 known as the “Seychelles Air wing” and then became as a component of the Seychelles People’s Defence Force in 1985 stated Lt. Barrat a pilot at the unit. Its main role is to patrol the Exclusive Economic Zone of Seychelles known as the (EEZ). During a small presentation about the unit I learnt that in 1992 the unit became part of the Seychelles Coast Guard and later in 2011 the unit was dissolved and renamed as the Seychelles Air Force to date. Although I have heard about the existence of the unit I never knew about its history and with all the excitement rushing into my head I was willing to learn more. The unit performs special tasks which includes anti-piracy operations, search and rescue operations, medical evacuation, and environmental patrols just to name a few. They have aircrafts such as the Dornier 228-202K which is equipped with a radar system which can be used in a range between Mahe and Praslin and even La digue, which I never knew we had such technology in our small country.
I have always been fascinated by aircrafts and other vessels such as ships and boats and today was my chance to snap a photograph next to one of the patrol aircraft which I am dreaming and hoping to board one soon. I am sure that this will be an adventure that I will never forget and that this will be the best end of year present ever. Feeling super excited right now.
I feel that there will be more to come and this will be the foundation of my future career.
That’s all for today folks,