The Post-War era in Malta was dominated by various political issues some of them related to the Military Installation however in the 1950s and 1960s most of the military installations in Malta were dismantled this was due to the fact that Malta had lost its importance as a Fortress Colony as Britain was giving independence to many colonies such as India. The Suez Crisis of 1956 revived an interest in mounting new guns on the coastal areas, as Malta was still one of the Military Bases however this was a short-term issue. The development of missiles was another matter, which led to fact that missiles took over the role of guns thus leading to further dismantlement of guns. In the early 1960s with the gaining of Independence sealed the end of Malta being used as Fortress Colony. The British were allowed to retain a naval base till 1979. Today’s legacy regarding the physical evidence of the military presence is far from forgotten as many fortifications and army camps survive till this date though other have been demolished for various puropses. For example Fort Bingemma and Fort Delimara today are used as a farms, Fort Mosta however was retained by the 3rd Regiment of the Maltese Armed Forces.