UK-led ANAOA trainee numbers surpass 1,300

2 June 2016 (Last Updated June 2nd, 2016 18:30)

The UK-led Afghan National Army Officer Academy's (ANAOA) trainee numbers have surpassed 1,300.

ANAOA

The UK-led Afghan National Army Officer Academy’s (ANAOA) trainee numbers have surpassed 1,300.

Funded by the British government and supported by the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst, ANAOA focuses on transforming cadets into army officers capable of leading ANA soldiers.

The ANAOA employs advisers from the UK and is supported by mentors from Norway, Denmark Australia and New Zealand.

A statement posted on Afghan Resolute Support website stated that cadets will study Afghan tactics previously used in wars against the British, as well as during the mujahideen wars against the Russian Army.

UK Defence Secretary Michael Fallon said: "Afghan forces are now leading security for their country and hundreds of British troops are providing crucial support.

"Our long term commitment to help build a more secure and prosperous Afghanistan will make the region more stable and the streets of Britain safer."

The first group of cadets graduated in September 2014.

"As part of our longstanding defence relationship we will continue to enhance our military co-operation across all areas."

The Afghan Army officers, which include an increased number of female officers, play a key role in making the country’s security stronger.

The UK also provide advisers to the Afghan Security Ministries and support Nato’s Resolute Support Mission through the Kabul Security Force.

Fallon further added: "The UAE is an important partner in the campaign against Daesh and promoting security and prosperity across the Gulf.

"As part of our longstanding defence relationship we will continue to enhance our military co-operation across all areas."

The UK will take part in a major joint amphibious maritime exercise, Ex Sea Khanjar, alongside the UAE in 2017.


Image: Training at the ANAOA. Photo: courtesy of UK Government.