From 1963, no DDMS Malta appears in the Army List following the departure of the RAMC from Malta in Oct 1962.
The question of military bases in Malta following independence was discussed by the British Cabinet. One battalion was kept in Malta to guard British Defence facilities.
Malta was reduced to a Forward Operating Base for the Royal Navy. The inevitable rundown of service facilities had a marked impact on employment and the Maltese economy. As Fortress Malta, the economy had been intertwined with defence spending. The Services had provided 23% of employment, 33% of the national income and 56% of the foreign exchange earnings.
The military facilities were to be vacated by 31 Mar 1964 or 31 Mar 1965:
- Ta Qali Airfield Attard
- Luqa Airfield
- Naval facilities Hal Far and Kalafrana
- Royal Marine Training Centre Ghajn Tuffieha
- Manoel Island (HMS Phoenicia)
- St George's Barracks
- St Andrew's Barracks
- Ghadira Barracks Mellieha
- Ghajn Tuffieha Barracks
- The Army List March 1963, London HM Stationery Office 1963.
- The Army List September 1963, London HM Stationery Office 1963.