By Ronald Nahabwe
Entebbe: Uganda Military Maritime Search and Rescue students have been urged to strengthen the African cooperation as they put in practice the knowledge acquired from the training.
These remarks were made by the Deputy Commander Land Force Maj. Gen Sam Kavuma during the closure of a two weeks training of 25 male officers from 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 complimented 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.
Kavuma congratulated the trainees upon completing the course successfully which
he said was 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 its mandate
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.