By way of a quick update, the two soldiers from The Royal Monmouthshire Royal Engineers (Militia) who have deployed to Somalia as part of Op CATAN are well, mail (and welfare parcels) are getting through and they are enjoying their work there. Everything is going well and they are busy settling in and getting used to working with the UN (United Nations). One is currently the Force Protection Senior Non-Commissioned Officer based at Mogadishu International Airport whilst the other is based at Kismaayo as Engineer liaison.
Op CATAN is the British military support to the UN mission in Somalia which in turn supports AMISOM (African Union Mission in Somalia). AMISOM was launched in 2007 and mainly comprises soldiers from Uganda, Burundi, Djibouti, Kenya and Ethiopia. The British soldiers are tasked to provide logistical, engineering, medical and technical training and support to AMISOM whilst it continues its peacekeeping role to counter Al-Shebab. This work is expected to ramp up once the AMISOM forces have completed their changeover with a lot of Force Protection training to be provided across all sectors and construction planned at or around Kismaayo-including a new camp and a road.
To quote “All in all everything is going well, I’m loving the job it’s been a complete eye opener but really interesting, I have never known a tour like this and would definitely recommend it to anyone back there who may be considering doing a tour.”
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