MOGADISHU Somalia --
EU NAVFOR have supported a
successful joint Somali and Ugandan maritime leadership training
exercise course in the capital, Mogadishu.
British Peace Support Team (Africa), the week long course
involved junior officers from both the Somali Police Force
Maritime Police Unit and the Ugandan African Mission in Somalia
(AMISOM) Marine Unit, and saw them put into practice on the sea
the leadership lessons they had learned in the classroom.
The course demonstrated the integrated approach of the
International Community to developing maritime security
capability in the Somali capital.
It was attended by junior officers of both Ugandan and Somali
forces, delivered by a combination of BPST(A), the Police
Commissioner from the UN’s Rule of Law and Security Institutions
Group, and a Coast Guard mentor from the EU Capacity Building
Mission in Somalia.
Further practical lessons with the EU NAVFOR Liaison Officer,
Lieutenant Commander Alfonso Martinez Ferra ESPN.
Course organiser, Commander Sean Dempsey Royal Navy, said:
"I have been very impressed by how well all course
participants got involved throughout the week, and particularly
on closely the two nations interacted.
"Coming at the start of the Ugandan’s year long tour of duty
in Mogadishu, this will help them integrate quickly with their
Somali counterparts to achieve the common mission of a secure
Closing the course and presenting certificates to
participants, the British Ambassador His Excellency Ben Fender
described the course as "A pioneering example of what Transition
could start to look like".