(EU NAVFOR) -- Maritime training and
exercises with Somali partners are an extremely important aspect
of the European Union’s integrated approach to help develop the
capabilities of local maritime forces and to deter piracy off
the coast of Somalia.
Following recent detailed
discussions with Somalia’s Deputy Prime Minister (DPM), Mahdi
Ahmed Gulaid ‘Khadar’, it was the turn of the Mogadishu Military
Police unit (MPU) to glean knowledge, experience and skills from
their EU maritime colleagues on-board ESPS Castilla.
The event was co-organised with EU NAVFOR’s sister mission,
EU CAP Somalia and the training included tactical briefings,
weapon handling, safety and self-protection methods.
The enthusiasm and quest for knowledge of the MPU personnel
was seen to be at its highest by the Sailors and Marines of EU
It shows the depth of respect and trust that both militaries
have for each other whilst working towards the same goals of