Addu City is the second-largest urban area in Maldives, in terms of population. It consists of the inhabited islands of Addu Atoll, the southernmost atoll of the archipelago. Addu is one of the oldest populated atoll in the country with the Island of Meedhoo having traces of settlements as far back as 2000 BCE.
About Addu City in brief
Addu City is the second-largest urban area in Maldives, in terms of population. It consists of the inhabited islands of Addu Atoll, the southernmost atoll of the archipelago. Addu is one of the oldest populated atoll in the country with the Island of Meedhoo having traces of settlements as far back as 2000 BCE. The original settlers are said to be from Western regions of Gujarat and Bihar state of modern-day India. In August 1941, the netlayer HMS Guardian landed Royal Navy construction crews on Addu atoll to begin work on a secret naval base for Britain’s Eastern Fleet. The base became known as “Port T. ” and was used extensively in the Indian Ocean by the British fleet’s reconnaissance crews in 1942 and 1943. The British Eastern Fleet had left most of its base facilities in Singapore, including drydocks and repair sheds, in the event of a Japanese attack on the Far Eastern ports of Malaya, Sumatra and Java. The Royal Navy selected the southern most island, Gan, for their airfield and began construction of three crushed-coral airstrips for the Fleet Air Arm. This was turned over to the Royal Air Force in 1957 and became “RAF Station Gan,” an airfield that would be used intermittently until 1971. The 1st Royal Marine Coast Defence Regiment provided the garrison troops, manning shore batteries and anti-aircraft guns on all six of the atoll’s major islands. In 1942, the Japanese were not aware of the base’s existence during the April 1942 raids and used it extensively in reconnaissance missions.
The island has since become a major tourist destination, but British personnel assigned there appear to have been very low among the garrison, and ships’ crews’ were strictly off-limits off the island. The most civilian, and local women were strictly prohibited from visiting the base, but local women did visit the base on a regular basis to take part in the local culture and social events. The islands are very humid and extremely hot, and extremely humid. Forty miles south of the equator, they are very hot and very humid, andextremely humid. The air is very thin, and it is difficult to get a good night’s sleep in the middle of the night. The best of these is the Gan Channel, with several channels leading into the lagoon, with the best ofthese at the southern end of theatoll. The other openings were permanently closed by anti-submarine nets, except for the Gan channel, the other openings are permanently closed for safety reasons. In addition to the uninhabited islands, Addu has other uninhabiting islands, These divisions are naturally islands, but are well connected. They are Hithadhoo, Maradhoo-Feydhoo,. MaradhOO, Feydhoo, Hulhudhoo and MeedHoo. In addition, the islands on the western edge of the. atoll would eventually be linked by a light railway across causeways built up between the islands,. but this was not operational until much later in the war.