UK troops train Zambian soldiers to support UN peacekeeping mission
The UK military personnel have trained the Zambian Defence Force to support a UN-backed peace and security mission in Africa.
The Zambian Defence Force’s pre-deployment training was carried out in collaboration between Zambian, US and UK trainers.
During the two-month long training, ZAMBATT 3 personnel were trained in individual specialist courses, ranging from advanced medical training to creating and training the female engagement teams.
The training progressed from training individuals to Companies of around 120 personnel, and to the whole Battle Group 750-strong, British High Commissioner Fergus Cochrane-Dyet stated.
Speaking at the graduation ceremony of Zambian peacekeeping defence personnel in Lusaka, Cochrane-Dyet said: “I wish to thank the Zambian and US teams for their patience in trying to understand the wide variety of British accents within the UK team.
“While Britain can’t compare with Zambia for the number of local languages spoken, we display our diversity through regional accents and dialects which can be difficult to comprehend when first heard, even for fellow countrymen like myself.”
The Zambian Air Force contingent, under the command of colonel Alipher Phiri, carried out various tasks ranging from base protection to helicopter casualty evacuation exercise.
In September 2016, the UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) committed to sending additional troops for a UN peacekeeping mission in South Sudan.