General Sir David Richards, Chief of Defense Staff of the British Army has indicated that “Britain is rock solid to continue its military assistance to the Republic of Sierra Leone Armed Forces.”
Speaking to media practitioners at the British High Commissioner’s residence last Saturday, he said, “I’m here after ten years to do a stock taking in order to dictate where we have to go in the future,” stressing further that the “Republic of Sierra Leone Armed Forces is a well motivated, disciplined and well led and I’m very proud of their achievements.”
General Sir David Richards stated that he could hardly believe it is the same army of yester years, and therefore called on Sierra Leoneans to be proud of their army, and explained that the ties between Sierra Leone and Great Britain is very historical going back hundreds of years, and that one of Britain’s success story for the past 10 years is the help granted to Sierra Leone.
He stressed that, “what we have done here is going to be an important part of cooperation between both countries.”
Gen Richards lauded the role IMATT continues to play in modeling the armed forces and recapped ten years ago when he with a little robustness had to tackle the RUF after they had attacked Freetown and the United Nations was in the process taking over from ECOMOG.
Explaining further about the robustness, he said “with the help of some Kamajors, some from the Armed Forces and later in the Indian army we were able to overcome them, while he further recapped the operation that uprooted the military from the Okro Hill axis.
Gen. Richards revealed that Britain would be diverting its support from communication to supervising the territorial waters of the country, in order to help prevent poachers from illegal acts.