Exercise Swift Eagle Ends In Jordan

The CS for Defence Amb Raychelle Omamo, CDF Gen Samson Mwathethe and Lieutenant-General Mahmoud Freihat, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff of the Jordanian military in a group photo with the participants of Exercise Swift Eagle.

The Cabinet Secretary for Defence Amb Raychelle Omamo during a joint Counter Terrorism Exercise between KDF and JAF in Jordan.
Kenya Defence Forces (KDF) and Jordanian Armed Forces (JAF) on Wednesday concluded a two-week exercise dubbed Exercise Swift Eagle in Jordan.
This is a second joint training exercise between the two militaries aimed at enhancing Operational Capability in responding rapidly to any emerging threats faced by both Kenya and Jordan.
Speaking during the closing ceremony, the Defence Cabinet Secretary Ambassador Raychelle Omamo said that it was extremely satisfying and exciting to see young Kenyans and Jordanians working and training together to improve security in both countries.
“The threats that we face in this world today are threats that one country cannot surmount alone. The threats are cross border, asymmetrical and require deep cooperation between friends.” said the Defence Cabinet Secretary.
Amb Omamo said that she is gratified that the long relationship between Kenya and Jordan has borne fruit in this type of cooperation and will assist both nations to deal with many security challenges.
“Am glad that our Kenyan forces were able to come all the way to Jordan to join the JAF who previously came to Kenya and that demonstrates the depth of friendship between the two countries.” She added.
She said that Kenya could love to see this cooperation deepen and as the Cabinet Secretary alongside the CDF, she looks forward to having more of these exercises, and welcomed the Jordanian troops to Kenya to continue building the existing cooperation.
She was grateful to Jordan in the provision of training to Kenya Air Force as well as provision of equipment which she said are critical in dealing with the current security challenges.
The Chief of the Defence Forces General Samson Mwathethe said that this is a good exercise given that the two countries operate under the same conditions especially of dealing with refugees.
The attacks in Kenya coming from the refugee camps and other asymmetrical challenges are the same as those in the Kingdom of Jordan.
“We believe doing the same exercise under the same conditions will enable us learn from each other and develop better skills to deal with these challenges. I hope and believe that we have exchanged knowledge, ideas and shared our cultural differences to the benefit of both countries,” said the CDF.
He added that it is his belief that the leadership is committed to fostering the relationship and that this is just one of the many exercises in future.
The CDF thanked his majesty for the support to KDF in terms of training as well as real equipment donated to KDF.
The Chief of Training Brigadier Charles Kang’ethe who led the Kenyan contingent said the skills displayed by the Kenyan troops were satisfactory to both leaderships. He thanked the soldiers for the professional display both at the training area and throughout their stay in Jordan.
The two-week exercise was conducted in line with a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) signed between Republic of Kenya and the Heshimite Kingdom of Jordan.

2. The CS for Defence Amb Raychelle Omamo, CDF Gen Samson Mwathethe and Lieutenant-General Mahmoud Freihat, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff of the Jordanian military in a group photo with the participants of Exercise Swift Eagle.CS for Defence Amb Raychelle Omamo, CDF Gen Samson Mwathethe and Lieutenant-General Mahmoud Freihat, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff of the Jordanian military in a group photo with the participants of Exercise Swift Eagle.
3. The participants in action during Exercise Swift Eagle.The participants in action during Exercise Swift Eagle.
The participants in action during Exercise Swift Eagle.The participants in action during Exercise Swift Eagle.