The Armed Forces of Malta

The Armed Forces of Malta

On the 19th of April 1973 the Malta Land Force was re-designated
On the 19th of April 1973 the Malta Land Force was re-designated - ​The Armed Forces of Malta, with the inclusion of air and maritime components. New responsibilities were taken on – including the raising of the Malta Pioneer Corps in June 1973 and the Dirghajn il-Maltin on 28 January 1975, and the formation of the Revenue Security Corps on 2 October 1978. The Malta Pioneer Corps and the Dirghajn il-Maltin were in turn replaced by the Dejma Corps,  existing from June 1981 to December 1989. On disbandment of the Dejma, serving members were given the option to enlist in the AFM.​

1988 - The two units were re-amalgamated into the AFM under the command of a Brigadier

Units forming part of the Task Force were re-amalgamated with units from 2 Regt AFM and the AFM Depot on May 11th, 1988. The Task Force colours (presented on March 28th, 1981) were later laid up in St. John's Co-Cathedral, hanging among the Colours of former regiments in the Oratory.

Later, on June 23rd, 1988, new National and Regimental Colours were presented to the AFM. This was the first time the re-amalgamated AFM had their own Colours.

On February 4th, 1992, the AFM took delivery of its first ever fixed-wing aircraft. Five former US Army single-engined Cessna Bird Dog 19-F spotters were purchased for coastal patrol, maritime search operations and pilot training.

On April 2nd, 1992, a new Long Service and Efficiency Medal was presented to 253 officers and other ranks having over 18 years of service and a clean conduct sheet. Those with over 30 years service receive a medal with two clasps. A medal with one clasp is awarded to those having served between 25 and 30 years.

On May 1st, 1998, members of the Air Traffic Control Corps and others from the Airport Company (including the Luqa Fire Services and the Meteorological Office) were disbanded and absorbed into the Malta International Airport plc..

The efforts, work dedication and goodwill of all our predecessors throughout the years, have shown a commitment that went effectively demonstrated through the Force's administration, training, discipline and efficiency. The sound grounding of our past serves to encourage taking on greater challenges through which the Force serve our motherland. The versatility of the Maltese soldier, steeped in such military tradition and with the capability of applying himself to any role required or assigned, renders priceless service and honour to the nation at times of peace and conflict.
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Headquarters AFM
Luqa Barracks
Luqa VLT2000

(+356) 2249 4000 /
(+356) 2249 4016