UPDF trains EASF maritime search & rescue cadets

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Students  that have been attending  Maritime Search and Rescue  have been urged to strengthen the African cooperation as they put in practice the knowledge acquired from the training.

The Deputy Commander Land Force Maj Gen Sam Kavuma made this call while closing a two weeks training of 25 officers and men of the ten participating countries conducted at Imperial Botanical Beach Hotel Entebbe.

The Eastern Africa Standby Force (EASF)Maritime Search and Rescue course has been ongoing from  23rd Sep 2019 with participants from Burundi, Comoros, Djibouti, Ethiopia, Kenya, Rwanda, Seychelles,Somalia, Sudan and Uganda.

The Deputy Commander complemented the continued financial and advisory support from the Nordic Advisory Coordination Staff (NACS ) who were the sponsors and also thanked the government of Uganda for the good working relationship and accepting to host this year’s Eastern Africa Standby Force Exercise.

Gen Kavuma congratulated the trainees upon completing the course successfully which he said was as a result of determination and commitment.

He also applauded the instructors for the good job citing that if it was not for their willingness and love for the assignment, the students would have missed out on the knowledge that was imparted on them.

 Gen Kavuma  further said that the course will help the officers during peace support missions and also while dealing with other  maritime threats in their countries. He added that the training  should help them to strengthen inter africa  cooperation to provide security for the people.

The Head of Peace Support Operations Department at EASF Hqs Brig Gen  Henry Isoke who represented the Director, appreciated the UPDF and government of Uganda for the continued support in the development of Eastern Africa Standby Force capacity.

He said it is only from such support by member states that EASF will be able to deliver on it’s mandate.

Commander Stefan Silvan on behalf of the NACS complimented the hospitality that was demonstrated during the stay of the trainees in Uganda.

He applauded the UPDF for all the support that made the  training a great success.

The closing ceremony was also attended by  Lt Col Nuwagaba the Commanding officer 10 Marines who represented the  Marines Commander Brig Gen  Micheal Nyarwa among others.

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