Mogadishu (UNA-OIC) – The UK government has reinforced its support to the Somali National Army (SNA) through three different training programs in Baidoa, aimed at delivering effective operations and promoting long-term stability.
The British military in Somalia, deployed on operation TANGHAM, has been running several new training programs for the Somali National Army in Baidoa, the capital of the Southwest State in Somalia.
This includes the Collective Training program, where over 100 SNA personnel will undergo intensive training on defensive operations, basic command and control, shooting, tactics, communications, first aid, human rights, all to enhance their efforts in fighting Al-Shabaab.
The UK military deployed under operation TANGHAM are also running a joint key counter C-IED (Improvised Explosive Device) course, which remains a major challenge in Somalia. Working in partnership with SNA and AMISOM, the training featured skills on route sweeping in search of IEDs and detonation.
Twenty SNA soldiers in the South West will also be undergoing two-week staff officers course on logistics, planning and executing operations. The course will culminate with the students planning a major operation with assistance and advice from the Mentoring team.
British Ambassador to Somalia Kate Foster said: “The UK is helping to develop a strong professional army to help promote long-term peace and conduct effective operations in the region to counter Al- Shabaab.”
“We are proud to be supporting Somalia to strengthen its effort in this collective fight,” she added.
In January 2021, the British Army trained its 500th Somali soldier in essential infantry skills, underlining the UK’s commitment to Somalia’s long-term security, with plans to train five more companies comprising around 600 troops in 2021.
UK Minister for Africa James Duddridge MP visited Somalia earlier in the year, announcing £1.6 million to counter the threat from roadside bombs, and a further £3.37 million for the Somali Security Forces engaged in joint operations with the African Union Mission to Somalia (AMISOM).