EUCAP Nestor finishes training Somalis

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EUCAP Nestor finishes training Somali personnel

On 16 September, the European Union’s Maritime Capacity Building Mission in the Horn of Africa and Western Indian Ocean, EUCAP Nestor, celebrated the successful completion of two training courses for participants from different Somali regions, together with Somali, Djiboutian and International partners.

The ceremony took place at the Training Centre of the Djibouti Gendarmerie in the presence of dignitaries from Djibouti, the Federal Government of Somalia and the Somali regions Puntland and Galmudug, as well as representatives of the European Union and the International Community. The Head of the EU Military Training Mission in Somalia, General Mingiardi, travelled specifically from Mogadishu to participate in the ceremony.

“Piracy in the Horn of Africa has declined in the recent years thanks to the efforts of international maritime forces deployed in the Gulf of Aden; but it did not disappear. The bases on land are still there. Today, 61 Somali Coast Guard officers are finishing the first part of their basic training course,” said EUCAP Nestor Head of Mission, Etienne de Poncins.

“They will go back to Somalia with the necessary skills to support the fight against piracy and to make Somalia a safer place. EUCAP Nestor is deploying personnel to Mogadishu and to Hargeisa in the coming weeks to further strengthen our excellent cooperation with our Somali partners”.

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