Somali Coast Guard Conducts Counter-Piracy Training

first_img View post tag: News by topic Back to overview,Home naval-today Somali Coast Guard Conducts Counter-Piracy Training Authorities View post tag: Coast Guard View post tag: Counter-Piracy View post tag: europe View post tag: Naval View post tag: Training View post tag: Ocean Shield View post tag: conductscenter_img Task Force 508 of NATO’s counter-piracy Operation Ocean Shield has conducted training with Somali Coast Guard personnel. The training took place off the coast of the town of Hobyo on October 12th and 13th and marks the first time Somali maritime forces have trained in their territorial waters.Following the training activities, the Commanding Officer of HDMS ESBERN SNARE, Commander Henrik Holck Rasmussen, handed out certificates to 15 Somali Coast Guard personnel.“The dedication and willingness to learn I have seen these two days has been outstanding,” said Commander Rasmussen. “Through years of naval presence and cooperation, the international community has contained piracy in these waters. However, in the long run the best solution is for Somali authorities to be able to suppress the maritime crime themselves. Today we have taken an important step in that direction.”The Coast Guard trainees, hailing from the Galmudug Region on Somalia’s east coast, were trained in criminal investigation procedures, first aid, and motor engine maintenance and repair. There are a number of specialists in these fields on board ESBERN SNARE.“We could see that the pupils came with proficiency already obtained from training with other international units,” said the manager of the two day course, Lieutenant Heino Kristensen. “We were able to build on this and heighten their skills.”The graduation ceremony on board ESBERN SNARE was honoured by being attended by several senior members of the local authorities, including the Vice Governor of Galmudug and the Vice Mayor of Hobyo.[mappress]Image: NATO MARCOM View post tag: Navy View post tag: operation View post tag: africa Somali Coast Guard Conducts Counter-Piracy Training View post tag: Somali October 15, 2014 Share this articlelast_img read more