British Peace Support Team Hands Over Modern Asymmetrical Warfare Forward Operating Base to Kenya Defence Forces

A wide view of the new Asymmetrical Warfare Camp.

A wide view of the new Asymmetrical Warfare Camp.

On 25th Jan 2017 the British Peace Support Team (BPST) led by the British High Commissioner Defence Attache Brigadier Mark Christie OBE handed over a modern Asymmetrical Warfare Battle Camp to the Kenya Defence Forces (KDF).

The modern Forward Operating Base was received by the Armoured Brigade Commander  Brigadier Alphaxard Kiugu at the School of Infantry (SOI) in Isiolo where the facility is constructed.

Speaking at the event brigadier Mark noted that Kenya and British forces have for long shared training, same threat and same interests. “The modern Asymmetrical Warfare Battle Camp FOB has been created following several  observation in the past operations in Somalia and Iraq during British operation in those countries.” Said Brigadier Mark.

He added that introduction of a modern FOB is one way of minimising casualties especially in the ongoing fight against following recent Al Shabaab.

The British High Commission Defence Attache encouraged more joint exercises between KDF and Britain Forces saying that exchange programmes will equip Officers and Service Members with knowledge and skills of modern war.

British has previously conducted several exercises with the three services aimed at improving the Kenya Defence Forces capability. The battle camp will be beneficial to both KDF and British troops through joint exercises and will assist in mission pre-deployment trainings.

The Guest of Honor Brigadier Alphaxard Kiugu officially received the modern FOB Defence Camp and thanked the BPST for awarding the KDF with such a facility. He expressed optimism for a brighter future of more partnership and support from the Britain Forces quoting several joint exercise done previously by the KDF and Britain Forces saying that such exercises have promoted the fight against terrorism in the region.

Brigadier Kiugu later handed over the FOB Battle Camp to the School of Infantry Commandant Colonel Paul Mwasi who also expressed his gratitude to the British Peace Support Team for having chosen SOI as a preferred centre to construct the modern facility.

The Guest of Honor encouraged the school to make maximum use of the facility. The event was attended by SOI Training Officers alongside Britain and Denmark officers.

Colonel Richard Leakey (UK) presents handover certificate to Col Paul M Mwasi, Commandant SOI, overseeing is Brigadier Kiugu.Colonel Richard Leakey (UK) presents handover certificate to Col Paul M Mwasi, Commandant SOI, overseeing is Brigadier Kiugu.
Brig  Mark Christie OBE signs visitors book at Commandant Office at School of Infantry, on left Brig. Alphaxard Kiugu (Kenya) on right Colonel Richard Leaky (UK).Brig Mark Christie OBE signs visitors book at Commandant Office at School of Infantry, on left Brig. Alphaxard Kiugu (Kenya) on right Colonel Richard Leaky (UK).
Brig Mark Christie OBE salutes back to Quarter Guard mounted by School of Infantry.Brig Mark Christie OBE salutes back to Quarter Guard mounted by School of Infantry.
Guest of Honour Brig. Alphaxard Kiungu inspects the Quarter Guard on arrival at the School of Infantry for the Asymmetrical Warfare Battle Camp handover on 25th  Jan 2017.Guest of Honour Brig. Alphaxard Kiungu inspects the Quarter Guard on arrival at the School of Infantry for the Asymmetrical Warfare Battle Camp handover on 25th Jan 2017.
KDF Officers, Soldiers and BPST in a group photo in front of the Asymmetrical Warfare Battle Camp.KDF Officers, Soldiers and BPST in a group photo in front of the Asymmetrical Warfare Battle Camp.
Brigadier Alphaxard Kiugu presents a gift to Col Richard Leakey after the handover.Brigadier Alphaxard Kiugu presents a gift to Col Richard Leakey after the handover.
British Peace Support Team pose for a photo with KDF Officers.British Peace Support Team pose for a photo with KDF Officers.

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