The Senior Presidential Advisor for Special Operations Lt Gen Muhoozi Kainerugaba has urged marine brigade graduates who have been receiving pre-mission training to maintain the high standards of the UPDF as exhibited whenever and wherever they are deployed.
Gen Kainerugaba was speaking at the pass out of a marine brigade team that is set for deployment where Uganda has had its soldiers since 2007.
Gen Kainerugaba however warned the soldiers about the strong waves they will face in the Indian Ocean where they will be operating, explaining that the waves over there are stronger than the ones on Lake Victoria where they have had their training.
"We've always had a small marine component there (Somalia) but it has always done a very good job in a very challenging environment but I am sure you will maintain the high standards that your predecessors achieved," Gen Kainerugaba who is also the commander Special Forces Command said.
The SFC commander thanked the instructors and congratulated the graduates for their positive attitude towards training which he said is a life-long process.
The pre-mission training was conducted by the UK Peace Support Team.
After the ceremony that started with graduates demonstrating various skills to Gen Kainerugaba who was the chief guest, the SFC boss tweeted, appreciating the UK partners.
"Today, it was my great pleasure to preside over the graduation ceremony of Marines Brigade trainees in Entebbe. They have been receiving pre-mission training for AMISOM from the British Peace Support Training team in Uganda. I thank our UK partners for their work," Gen Kainerugaba said in the tweet.
The function was attended by a team of trainers from the British Peace Support Training team and senior UPDF officers including Brig Gen Matthew Gureme, Chief of Training & Recruitment, Brig Peter Candia, the deputy commander SFC and Commander of Marines Brig Michael Nyarwa among other senior officers.