As part of preparation for the establishment of an ECOWAS Standby Force before the end of this year, 128 personnel of the Republic of Sierra Leone Armed Forces (RSLAF) have just returned home from a multinational exercise in Benin.
This was disclosed to the media last Friday by the Deputy Chief of Defence Staff Brigadier General Robert Y. Koroma who is also the Defence Spokesman.
He said the Participants from RSLAF were embedded in a Nigerian battalion for the conduct of the first field training exercise which was named “Exercise Cohesion” and they were joined by troops from Togo and Benin as troops from these countries formed the Eastern Battalion of the ECOWAS Standby Force.
The Deputy CDS went on to intimate the press that the training exercise was aimed at evaluating the operational readiness of all troops from contributing countries to the ECOWAS Standby Force.
He said RSLAF contingent that is presently engaged in peace keeping operations in Nyala, Dafur continues to demonstrate high operational standards as the Sector Reconnaissance Company in providing escort duties, security to key personalities; especially during the recent elections in Sudan.
Brigadier General R.Y Koroma further disclosed that because of the high display of security alertness of the RSLAF contingent in Darfur the UNAMID Mission now uses the RSLAF Super Camp to park vehicles for safe keeping.
“In continuation of UN procedures and Standing Orders, an Arrival Inspection of our contingent’s Equipment was conducted on April 15th and we were rated satisfactory” The Deputy CDS added.
By William Freeman