24 April 2010
AFM personnel land in Uganda as part of the European Union's Training Mission for Somalia
Three members of 1 Regiment, Armed Forces of Malta landed in Uganda early Saturday morning after flying on a Spanish Air Force plane there to participate in the European Union’s Training Mission for Somali military personnel in Uganda.
The purpose of the Mission, known as “EUTM Somalia” (European Union Training Mission Somalia) is to train Somali military personnel, thereby contributing to the strengthening of
the Transitional Federal Government (TFG) and the institutions of Somalia. Malta has a direct interest in contributing towards a peaceful and stable Somalia, given the large number of Somali third country nationals who land here or who requireto be rescued after they find themselves in difficulty on the high seas in the central mediterranean.
The EU mission, which is headed by Spain, will see military training being delivered to some 2,000 Somali trainees over a period of 12 months. The training is being provided to support existing military training programmes being run by Uganda. EUTM Somalia is being undertaken in support of the UN Resolution 1872.
The mission headquarters is located in Kampala, the capital of Uganda whilst the training facility where the Maltese infantry instructors will be based is Bihanga camp, over 200 km west of Kampala.
The European Union is deploying nine instructor training teams to train Somali Security Forces with different teams having different areas of responsibiliy. The AFM is initially contributing three personnel to this mission, on a tour of duty which will last six months. There are national plans to sutain this commitment towards this mission for a further six months with another three AFM personnel earmarked for a second 6 month tour of duty.
The three Maltese Non-Commissioned Officers (NCOs) who are either current or former members of the AFM's 'C' (Special Duties) Company have all volunteered to form part of an Maltse- Irish combined training team, which also includes three Irish Defence Forces instructors. The combined Maltese-Irish team is assigned the specialist task to train Somali non-commisioned officers in areas such as military leadership skills, infantry tactics and instructional skills.
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