The Deputy Commander Air Force Maj. Gen Gavas Mugyenyi has expressed gratitude towards the Eastern African Stand by Force (EASF) for selecting Uganda to host this year’s maritime training.
This was during the official opening of the course held at Botanical Hotel in Entebbe yesterday.
“Our country has had incidents on our waters that require various agencies to pool resources and technical requirements to save lives in our water bodies. Critical to this are skilled human resource thus the relevance of this course” Mugyenyi says.
Mugyenyi added that it is paramount for those that ply maritime spaces to understand technicalities involved.
This, he says, is the only way armies can be able to coordinate, execute and plan maritime search and rescue operation up through chain of command.
On his part, Dr. Abdillahi Omar Bouth the Director Eastern African Standby Force urged participants to actively engage the instructors and always have the desire to learn from the opportunity availed to them.
The UPDF marine’s brigade commander Brig Gen Michael Nyarwa says that the Eastern African Standby Force is one of the five regional mechanisms of Africa’s stand by force.
Nyarwa says Uganda was chosen as a host country largely because it has deployed a maritime contingent to secure the coast of Mogadishu in Somalia.
The course will run for two weeks from September 23rd till October 4th with participants from ten member states, namely; Burundi, Comoros, Djibouti, Ethiopia, Kenya, Rwanda, Seychelles, Somalia, Sudan and Uganda.
The training aims at enhancing effective and competence skills in Search and Rescue (SAR) operations.
It is expected to improve the trainees’ capability to maintain the Standby Force’s capacity and readiness to intervene in regional threats of a maritime nature.