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GAF to host Africa Endeavour Test Exercise

Jul 6, 2011, 2:32 PM

The Gambia Armed Forces will next week host the Africa Endeavour Test Exercise 2011, an American government initiative in partnership with the African Union aimed at developing command, control and communication tactics, techniques and procedures, a press release from the defence headquarters said yesterday.

The exercise, which is expected to attract military and civilian participants from over 40 countries from the continent and beyond, is among others meant to give the participating nations the opportunity to test their military communication equipment with a view to harmonizing their interoperability for future support of the Africa Standby Force Operations.

The Africa Endeavour can be used by the African Union Standby Force in support of peace keeping, humanitarian assistance, disaster relief operations and counter terrorism operations.

It would be recalled that the Final Planning Conference was hosted by The Gambia in April 2011, and the Test Exercise was scheduled to be held in Mali this month.

However, the release added, due to security concerns and the exceptional role played by The Gambia during the final planning conference, the organizers of the Test Exercise unanimously selected The Gambia to host the test exercise.

The opening ceremony, to be held at the July 22nd Square in Banjul, will be marked by events such as march past by the participating nations, roll call of nations and welcome remarks by various dignitaries.

President Yahya Jammeh, who is also the commander-in-chief of the Gambia Armed Forces, will be the chief guest of honour.