By Fred Kiva
ENTEBBE. 72 Officers and men of the UPDF Marines have undergone a one month Pre- Mission training code named: Maritime AMISOM Specific Training.
The trainees were passed out on Thursday at 10Marines Headquarters in Entebbe. Officiating at the function, Marines Brigade Commander, Brig Michael Nyarwa said the training was conducted in preparation for the AMISOM Maritime Operations in Somalia, adding that such trainings are routinely done whenever new Battle groups are inserted in theatre in Somalia.
Brigadier Michael Nyarwa applauded the British government for the support rendered to the government of Uganda through the UPDF in form of training to its personnel.
"Training is a culture in the UPDF and a way of professionalizing the forces. So embrace it if you are to succeed in improving your career; it’s through professionalism that you are able to offer vital and critical services as well as support to the wanainchi." Brigadier Nyarwa emphasized.
Col Demsy, the Head of the British Training Team (BTT), hailed the government of Uganda for entrusting them with its army for training. He urged the trainees to keep practicing what they have studied and be part of it if they are to build their capacity and to use the same to build Somalis’ capacity which in turn will create global impacts.
A statement by Defence Spokesperson, Brigadier Richard Karemire indicates that nine officers and 63 men were drawn from four marine battalions and two marine task forces which form the Marine Brigade, headquartered in Butiaba, Buliisa district. The training was an engagement between the UPDF marine, British royal marine and British royal navy
The trainees were taken through a number of course contents including; Human Rights , Somali culture, International Maritime Law( Law of the Sea), Gender, Stabilization of community, the Law of Armed Conflict, Maritime Operations such as Navigation, Search and seizure, Maritime interdiction ,Boat driving, Basic boat maintenance, Weather focus and Combat swimming.