Kenyan Major General George Owino, Exercise “USHIRIKIANO IMARA” Director, visited the Exercise Headquarters and Contingent forces located in parts of Kwale County on Tuesday 8th November 2016.During his visit, Major General Owino took a familiarization tour around the contingents to see on-going preparations for the exercise to be officially launched on 11th November 2016 by the Defence Cabinet Secretary...

The Eastern African Standby Force is conducting an Early Warning Capacity Development Workshop from 8th - 11th November 2016 in Karen, Nairobi.In line with EASF's approved Strategic Plan 2015-2020, the regional peacekeeping force is set to develop an Early Warning Mechanism which will assist in mitigation of conflicts and also serve as a tool in timely preparedness.The workshop aims...

RFA Gold Rover first visited Simon’s Town, South Africa in late 2006 and ever since has been a regular visitor.Simon’s Town has proven to be an ideal location within the area of operations to conduct maintenance, stores, personnel transfers and a perfect place for R&R, hence the many return visits.Each port visit for Gold Rover brings her closer to...

The Nigerian Air Force (NAF) yesterday conducted a counter terrorism exercise at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport (MMIA), Ikeja, Lagos, in preparation for real life situations.With the simulated exercises, which sent chills down the spines of passengers at the airport, the air force said it was prepared to counter any attempts for terrorists to attack airports nationwide and take...

Kenya has withdrawn 100 Kenya Defence Forces (KDF) troops from the UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS). The withdrawal of the KDF soldiers saw the first group of the soldiers land on the 9th of November 2016, at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA).Kenya is one of the countries deployed in South Sudan for peacekeeping mission.Speaking at the venue,...

Rattled by the recent killings of the Commanding Officer of the 272 Special Task Force Task Battalion, Lt. Col. Muhammad Abu-Ali and six soldiers by members of Boko Haram, the Defence Headquarters (DHQ) is mulling over whether to reach out to President Muhammadu Buhari on the urgent need to recall the South African mercenaries recruited by former President Goodluck...

The Nigerian Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant General Tukur Buratai yesterday said the headquarters of the Nigerian Army, the Defence and the Ministry of Defence are not in the right locations.Speaking when he appeared before the Senate Committee on Federal Capital Territory (FCT) over the encroachment of Army plots at Maitama extension in Abuja, Buratai said there was...

From an African Union Statement:On November 7, the African Union Peace and Security Council (AU PSC) Retreat opened in Lusaka under the theme: Practical Steps to Silence the Guns in Africa by 2020. Speaking when he opened the Retreat, H.E. Mr Edgar Chagwa Lungu, President of Zambia, recalled the Solemn Declaration of the AU Assembly, adopted during the Celebration...

In line with its efforts to upgrade its human resource capacity, the Eritrean Naval Force has recently graduated 206 of its members, 94 of whom are females, in various capacities. The training was conducted at the Naval Training Center in Dongolo area.The training that was extended from one year and six months to three years included practical and theoretical...

The Ambassador of Finland to Kenya, Ms Tarja Fernández, recently visited the EASF Secretariat in Karen, Nairobi. She was accompanied by the Director of the Unit for Security Policy and Crisis Management,Mr. Mikko Kinnunen and Team Leader of Common Security and Defence Policy of the European Union, Ms Leena Pylvänäinen.Finland, which is one of the Nordic Advisory Cordination Staff...