Danish Chief of Navy Staff Rear Admiral Torben Mikkelsen hands over a dummy key to KDF Assistant Chief Of Defence Forces in charge of Operations, Doctrine and Training (ACDF OPD&T) Major General Adan Mulata, to signify the official handover of the newly constructed Armoury and Magazine to the International Peace Support Training Centre (IPSTC) at the Humanitarian Peace Support School (HPSS), Embakasi.
Danish Chief of Navy Staff Rear Admiral Torben Mikkelsen officially opened and handed over the Denmark sponsored, newly constructed magazine and armoury to the International Peace Support Training Centre (IPSTC) at the Humanitarian Peace Support School (HPSS), Embakasi on Wednesday, 20 June 2018.
The modern structures were received on behalf of the Kenyan Government and the Kenya Defence Forces by the KDF Assistant Chief of Defence Forces in charge of Operations, Doctrine and Training (ACDF OPD&T) Major General Adan Mulata who then handed them over to the Director IPSTC Brigadier Patrick Nderitu.
Speaking during the event Rear Admiral Torben Mikkelsen mentioned that the donation signified the excellent cooperation between Denmark and the IPSTC, which also included Danish funded training courses at the IPSTC particularly those at the Peace and Conflict Studies School. “I trust that the armoury and magazine will constitute the prerequisites for the HPSS to undertake storage and separation of weapons, ammunition and explosives in a safe and secure way, thereby contributing to the overall security of all employees and students at Embakasi,” he added.
Admiral Mikkelsen also lauded the IPSTC Director Brigadier Patrick Nderitu for the efforts he had made in making the IPSTC a remarkable institution in the region, and recognized the efforts of the former Danish advisor to the IPSTC Lieutenant Colonel Jens Jakobsen, who spearheaded the construction. He also pointed out that IPSTC was an important training institution and the only African Union recognized Centre of Excellence of its kind in the region. Admiral Mikkelsen noted that every year IPSTC trained thousands of men and women from military, police and civilian components within a vast variety of competence, training which was paramount as the personnel later applied their skills in existing or future peace support missions around the world.
“We are working under a program named ‘Peace and Stabilization programme’, currently covering the period until the middle of 2018. We are presently in the process of finalizing the replacement of this program which will cover the period until 2022. I am happy to inform that the current cooperation with the IPSTC is expected to continue in the new programme, which we envisage to be signed quite soon”, he added.
Assistant Chief of Defence Forces in charge of Operations Doctrine and Training (ACDF OPD&T), Major General Adan Mulata pointed out that the project had been made possible due to the cordial relationship between the Kenyan Government and The Government of the Kingdom of Denmark. He also expressed the Ministry of Defence’s confidence in IPSTC and its ability to provide the best training in Peace Support Operations. “This mandate is very important in the maintenance of peace in Africa through training for contemporary conflicts and post conflicts evaluation. The construction was necessitated by the need to have proper storage of arms and ammunition and a learning environment for physical security. The institution carries out various training with arms, live explosives and demolition accessories which have to be stored as per International Small Arms Control Standards (ISACS),” he noted.
Director IPSTC Brigadier Patrick Nderitu mentioned that with the new facilities, management of the school’s explosives and demolition accessories would now meet the United Nations Mine Action Service (UNMAS) standards and other international bodies and thanked the Kingdom of Denmark for the assistance in making the project alive. He also described the facility as paramount in offering an understanding of arms and ammunition storage, servicing and general management procedures.
“Denmark has been supporting training in IPSTC every year since 2010. A total of 43 courses have been sponsored by Denmark since 2014. This facility will contribute to the improvement of the physical security and stockpile management for both weapons and ammunition at HPSS and is in line with the Peace and Stabilisation Program for the Horn of Africa Peace and Stabilisation Engagement on security challenges in Kenya such as violent extremism,” he said.
Others who graced the occasion were Danish Defence Attaché to Kenya Colonel Joern Rasmussen, HPSS Commandant Colonel S O Radina, Senior IPSTC and HPSS officers, members of the Danish delegation, KDF Officers and Service personnel.
ACDF OPD&T Major General Adan Mulata hands over the dummy key to IPSTC Director Brigadier Patrick Nderitu to signify official reception of the Armoury and Magazine by IPSTC from the Danish government.
Danish Chief of Navy Staff Rear Admiral Torben Mikkelsen cuts the tape to signify the official opening of the IPSTC magazine at HPSS, Embakasi.
Danish Chief of Navy Staff Rear Admiral Torben Mikkelsen unveils the commemorative plaque of the official IPSTC Armoury opening.
Assistant Chief Of Defence Forces in charge of Operations, Doctrine and Training (ACDF OPD&T) Major General Adan Mulata makes his address.
Danish Chief of Navy Staff Rear Admiral Torben Mikkelsen addresses personnel of the IPSTC.
Danish Chief of Navy Staff Rear Admiral Torben Mikkelsen, ACDF OPD&T Major General Adan Mulata and IPSTC Director Brigadier Patrick Nderitu pose for a group photo with IPSTC personnel.