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European Union Military Committee (EUMC), EU Chiefs of Defence, 17/05/2016

19/05/2016

EUTM-S together with the CSDP training and advisory missions during the EU Chiefs of Defence, 17/05/2016 In a joint session with chiefs of defence from partner nations contributing to EU CSDP missions, namely Albania, Georgia, Moldova, Montenegro, and Serbia, CHODs had a discussion on the EU training missions and EU military advisory missions: EUTM Mali, EUTM Somalia and EUMAM RCA. 

EUROPE DAY celebrations in Somalia

09/05/2016

Mogadishu, May 9 - All around the world, on 9th of May, the EU family celebrates Europe Day in commemoration of the Schuman Declaration. The Declaration, issued now 67 years ago in the aftermath of the Second World War that ravaged much of the continent, was the inspiration for today's European Union.

EUTM SOMALIA CONTINUES THE TRAINING ACTIVITY FOR THE SOMALI NATIONAL ARMY

03/05/2016

EUTM SOMALIA CONTINUES THE TRAINING ACTIVITY FOR THE SOMALI NATIONAL ARMY

EUTM Somalia HQ celebrate the King’s Day

27/04/2016

The military Dutch community celebrated the King’s Day 2016 in Mogadishu today

New Commander of European Union training mission in Somalia

21/03/2016

On 21st March, the ceremony for the transfer of authority between EUTM Somalia Mission Commander Brigadier General Antonio Maggi (ITA) and Brigadier General Maurizio Morena (ITA) took place at EUTM Headquarters within the Mogadishu International Airport area.

THE SWEDISH LAND COMPONENT COMMANDER VISIT EUTM SOMALIA HQ IN MOGADISHU

03/03/2016

From 25 th to 27 th January, the Swedish Land Component Commander, Brigadier General Stefan Andersson accompanied by his delegation, paid a visit to the European Union Training Mission Somalia (EUTM-S) Headquarters in Mogadishu.

THE SPANISH MINISTER OF DEFENCE VISIT EUTM SOMALIA HQ IN MOGADISHU

13/01/2016

On the 12 January, the Spanish Minister of Defense, Excellency Pedro Morenés Eulate, accompanied by Spanish Chief of Defence, General Fernando Garcìa Sanchez and his delegation of the Armed Forces, paid a visit to the European Union Training Mission Somalia (EUTM-S) Headquarters in Mogadishu.

THE ITALIAN CHIEF OF DEFENSE VISITS EUTM SOMALIA HQ IN MOGADISHU

24/12/2015

On the 23rd of December, the Italian Chief of Defense, General Claudio Graziano, accompanied by his delegation of the Italian Armed Forces, visited the European Union Training Mission Somalia (EUTM-S) Headquarters in Mogadishu.

THE CHAIRMAN OF THE EUROPEAN UNION MILITARY COMMITTEE VISITS EUTM SOMALIA HQ IN MOGADISHU

07/12/2015

On 4th and 5th December, the Chairman of the European Union Military Committee (CEUMC), Gen. Mikhail Kostarakos, accompanied by the Italian Military Representatives to EUMC, Vice Admiral Stefano Dotti, visited the European Union Training Mission in Somalia (EUTM-S) Headquarters in Mogadishu.

EUTM SOMALIA TRAINING ACTIVITIES IN MOGADISHU CONTINUE WITH THE GRADUATION OF THE BATTALION COMMANDER COURSE

05/11/2015

On 5th November, at Jazeera Training Camp (JTC) was held a ceremony celebrating the graduation of the Battalion Commander Course.

EU's top military General visits Somalia, sends message to armed forces

29/09/2015

On 28 September General Patrick de ROUSIERS, Chairman of the European Union Military Committee made an official visited to Somalia. The EU Military Committee brings together the Chiefs of Defence from the 28 EU Member States. General de ROUSIERS visited the country to engage with EU missions and other stakeholders on the ongoing efforts to pacify the county.

Lt. Gen WOSOLSOBE and Somalia Defence Minister Abdulakdir DINI

Director General of the European Union military staff visits Somalia

11/09/2015

Mogadishu, September 11, 2015 – Lieutenant  General Wolfgang WOSOLSOBE, the Director General of the European Union Military Staff, visited the EU in Somalia and witnessed firsthand the work of the European Union Training Mission (EUTM Somalia). During his visit on 6 and 7 September he interacted with Somali authorities, AMISOM, UN representatives, EUCAP NESTOR and other EU partners active in the security sector.

Checkpoint set up by Platoon Commander Course personnel.

Graduation ceremony for platoon commander and military police course organised and conducted by eutm somalia in mogadishu

27/08/2015

On the 27th of August, the closing ceremony for two of the training courses run by EUTM Somalia in Mogadishu in 2015 was held at Jazeera Training Camp in the presence of Brigadier General Abdirizak Elmi, Deputy Chief of Defence Force and Colonel Siverstedt Ulf, EUTM Somalia Deputy Commander.

Lt. Gen. Bertolini and Gen. Maggi attending Italian donation in Xoogga Hospital

THE VISIT OF THE COMMANDER OF THE ITALIAN JOINT OPERATIONS COMMAND TO EUTM SOMALIA HQ IN MOGADISHU

21/07/2015

On Sunday 19th July, the Commander of the Italian Joint Operations Command Lieutenant General Marco Bertolini, visited the European Union Training Mission Somalia (EUTM Somalia) Headquarters located at Mogadishu International Airport (MIA).

Spanish Chief of Defence, General Admiral Fernando García Sánchez arrival at EUTM Somalia

THE SPANISH CHIEF OF DEFENCE VISITS EUTM SOMALIA HQ IN MOGADISHU

18/07/2015

On the 17th of July, the Spanish Chief of Defence, General Admiral Fernando García Sánchez, accompanied by a high level delegation of the Spanish Armed Forces, visited the European Union Training Mission Somalia (EUTM Somalia) Headquarters located at Mogadishu International Airport area.

Trainees demonstrating their skills to the assembled VIPs.

GRADUATION CEREMONY FOR THE TRAINEES OF TRAIN THE TRAINERS COURSE AND COMPANY COMMANDER COURSE ORGANISED AND CONDUCTED BY EUTM SOMALIA IN MOGADISHU

25/06/2015

On the 25th of June, the closing ceremony for two of the training courses run by EUTM Somalia in Mogadishu in 2015 was held at Jazeera Training Camp in the presence of Brigadier General Heinte, Head of Personnel Branch in Somalia National Army General Staff, and Colonel Siverstedt Ulf, EUTM Somalia Deputy Commander.

The Platoon Commander Course graduation ceremony held in Mogadishu at Jazeera Training Camp

04/05/2015

The Somali officers who attended the Platoon Commander Course carried out  by EUTM Somalia trainers received thei graduation certificate during a ceremony held  at Jazeera Training Camp in Mogadishu

General Maggi with Somali military attending the courses

Graduation ceremony for the trainees of NCO course and the military intelligence course organised and conducted bu EUTM Somalia in Mogadishu

25/03/2015

EUTM Somalia carried out the closing ceremony for the first two courses completed in 2015 at Jazeera  Training Camp (Mogadishu). Trainees conducted an exercise during which they showed the skills acquired during thei training with the European Union trainers.

EUTM Somalia Mission Commander, Brigadier General Mingiardi, welcomes H.E. Olgan Bekar.

The Ambassador of the Republic of Turkey visited EUTM Somalia HQ in Mogadishu

16/03/2015

The Ambassador of the Republic of Turkey in Somalia, H.E. Olgan Bekar, accompanied by the Turkish Defence Attache’, visited the European Union Training Mission in Somalia for an exchange of view with the EUTM Somalia Mission Commander, Brigadier General Massimo Mingiardi.

Hand over of the EU flag from Brigadier General Massimo Mingiardi to Brigadier General Antonio Maggi

Ceremony for the Hand over / Take over of the Commander of the European Union Training Mission

10/03/2015

In Mogadishu, a ceremony for the change of the Commander of EUTM Somalia took place at the International Campus, where Brigadier General Antonio Maggi (Italy) took over the Command of the Mission from Brigadier General Massimo Mingiardi (Italy).The ceremony was attended by high level authorities from the Somali government and armed forces, as well the international partners.

General de Rousiers meet EUTM Somalia personnel

The Chairman of the European Union Military Committee visits EUTM Somalia HQ In Mogadishu

01/02/2015

General Patrick de Rousiers, Chairman of the European Union Military Committee paid a visit to the Headquartes of the  European Union Training Mission in Somalia and attended meetings with the military leadership of Somalia and some international EUTM Somalia partners.

General Bertolini during the meeting with EUTM Somalia staff

The Commander of the Italian joint Operation Command visits EUTM Somalia HQ in Mogadishu

18/12/2014

Lieutenant General Marco BERTOLINI, Commander of the Italian Joint Operations Command, visited the European Union Training Mission Somalia (EUTM Somalia) Headquarters in Mogadishu.

Participants to the exercise for the graduation of CLS and NCO Courses parade in front of the authorities

Last training courses of 2014 for the Somali National Army graduate at Jazeera Training Camp in Mogadishu

17/12/2014

The European Union Training Mission in Somalia celebrates the graduation of the 2nd Company Commander Course, the 2nd NCO Course, and the 1st Combat Life Saver course.

The first Military Police course attendees receive their graduation certificate

First Battalion Commander and first Military Police course graduate at Jazeera Training Camp in Mogadishu

04/12/2014

The European Union Training Mission in Somalia has concluded two specialist courses for the Somali National Army in Jazeera Training  Camp.

Participants to the 1st Counter IED workshop

EUTM Somalia holds the 1st Counter IED Workshop in Nairobi

19/11/2014

The European Union Training Mission in Somalia and the European Union Operation Centre have conducted a two day Counter IED workshop in Nairobi, attended by all the main stakeholders working in Somalia.

The First Combat Life Saver Courses attendees

First combat life saver, second non commissioned officer and second company commander courses for the Somali National Army start in Mogadishu

11/11/2014

The opening ceremony of the three new courses organized and conducted by the European Union Training Mission in Somalia for the Somali National Army has taken place at Jazeera Training Camp in Mogadishu.

Course participants with trainers and special guests

Future Somali Joint Operations Planners graduate in Mogadishu

26/10/2014

The Deputy Force Commander AMISOM, Major General Muheesi, the Inspector General of the Somali Police, Brigadier General Mohamed Hassan Ismail, the Deputy Director of NISA, Colonel Abdalla Abdalla and the acting Mission Commander EUTM Somalia, Colonel Martinez have celebrated the graduation of the first Joint Operations Command Center Planning Course in the International Compound, Mogadishu.

Col (ESP) Bernardi speaking to the future battalion commanders and cadets

First Battalion Commander and new Cadet Course start in Mogadishu

13/10/2014

The Somali Deputy Chief of Defense Forces, Brigadier General Abdilizakh Elmi and the Chief of the EUTM Somalia Defense Sector Training Team, Colonel (ESP) Enrique Bernardi have celebrated the start of the first Battalion Commander Course EUTM Somalia provides for the Somali National Army. Also a new Cadet course had its inauguration celebration.

The Delegation with the Speaker of the Somali Parliament

The italian Chief of Defence visits EUTM Somalia HQ in Mogadishu

09/10/2014

The Chief of Italian Defence Staff, Admiral Luigi Binelli Mantelli, accompanied by the Commander of the Joint Operations Headquarters, Lieutenant General Marco Bertolini, and the Chief the General Office of the Chief of Defence, Admiral Donato Marzano, visited the European Union Training Mission Somalia (EUTM Somalia) Headquarters located at the Mogadishu International Airport.

The Prime Minister of the Federal Republic of Somalia, H.E. Abdiweli Sheikh Ahmed, with  EU Special Envoy for Somalia, Ambassador Michele CERVONE D’URSO, and EUTM SOMALIA Mission Commander, Brigadier General MINGIARDI

EU delegation visits the Prime minister at villa Somalia

24/09/2014

A delegation of the European Union lead by Ambassador Michele CERVONE D’URSO, EU Special Envoy for Somalia, accompanied by  the Commanders / Head of Mission of the EU CSDP missions in the Horn of Africa, was received at Villa Somalia by a Somali officials Delegation led by the Prime Minister of the Federal Republic of Somalia, H.E. Abdiweli Sheikh Ahmed. 

General Göranson, General Elmi, General Mohamed Sheik Ali, General Muheesi, Colonel Svensson and Colonel Dario at EUTM Somalia HQS

The Supreme commander of the Swedish armed forces visits EUTM Somalia HQ in Mogadishu

24/09/2014

The Supreme Commander of the Swedish Armed Forces has visited EUTM Somalia and met Somali authorities and partner organisations in Somalia.

General Elmi, Chief of Defence Force, Mogadishu Deputy Mayor, Ismail Moalim Abdi Gure, the EUTM SOMALIA Mission Commander, Brigadier General Massimo Mingiardi, visiting Jazeera Training Camp

Graduation of the second Train the Trainers course organised and conducted by EUTM SOMALIA in Mogadishu

28/08/2014

EUTM Somalia, Somali National Army and AMISOM celebrate the graduation of new trainers during a parade in Jazeera Training Camp.

General Elmi, Chief of Defence Force, delivers the graduation certificate to an officer attending the Company Commander Course

EUTM Somalia Training Activities in Mogadishu Continue with the Graduation of Three Courses and the Beginning of other two Courses for The SNA

28/08/2014

A ceremony celebrating the graduation of the Company Commander Course, the NCO Course, and the Admin Course and the beginning of the first Military Police Course, and the second Train the Trainers Course took places at Jazeera Training Camp in Mogadishu.

EUTM Somalia deployed for parade

Medal parade for the European Union Training Mission in Somalia in Mogadishu

02/08/2014

Members of the European Union Training Mission Somalia (EUTM Somalia) are awarded with the Common Security and Defense Policy Service Medal for Somalia during a ceremony at the International Campus within the Mogadishu International Airport.

Lieutenant Silas Ntigurirwa, AMISOM Force Commander, and Brigadier General Massimo Mingiardi, EUTM Somalia Mission Commander

The second reintegration course for Somali National Army soldiers graduates at Jazeera Training Camp

31/07/2014

Somali National Army soldiers of the second Reintegration Course organized by the European Union Training Mission in Somalia complete their training.

General Bertolini during the meeting with EUTM Somalia staff

The Commander of the Italian Joint Operations Command visited EUTM Somalia HQ in Mogadishu

27/07/2014

Lieutenant General Marco BERTOLINI, Commander of the Italian Joint Operations Command, visited the European Union Training Mission Somalia (EUTM Somalia) Headquarters in Mogadishu.

The Minister of Defence meets the EUTM Somalia delegation

EUTM Somalia Presents the Defence Strategic Plan 2014 – 2016 to the Minister of Defence

08/07/2014

The European Union Training Mission in Somalia, during a high level meeting in Villa Somalia, presented the Defence Strategic Plan 2014 – 2016.

The parade salute the Chief of Defence Forces, General Dahir Aden Elmi

Mogadishu – Jazeera Training Camp Hosts New Courses Organized by EUTM Somalia for the Somali National Army

28/06/2014

The opening ceremony for the second Reintegration course and other specialistic courses has taken place in Jazeera Training Camp (JTC) in Mogadishu.

One officer receives his graduation certificate from the Deputy Chief of Defence, General Abdirizak Elmi

EUTM Somalia held a ceremony for the graduation of the first reintegration course for Somali National Army Soldiers

18/06/2014

A ceremony marking the end of the first Reintegration Course has taken place in Jazeera Training Camp (JTC) in Mogadishu.

Gen. Bertolini and Gen. Mingiardi with Somali soldiers in the Jazeera Trainig Camp (JTC)

The Commander of the Italian Joint Operations command visits EUTM Somalia HQ in Mogadishu

14/05/2014

The Commander of the Joint Operations Headquarters, Lieutenant General Marco BERTOLINI, started a two day visit to the European Union Training Mission Somalia (EUTM Somalia) Headquarters

Donation of medication to Somali Army Role 1 in Jazzera Training Camp

Mogadishu - EUTM Somalia Provides Medication to Somali National Army

27/04/2014

EUTM Somalia Mission handed over medication and other medical consumables to Jazeera Training Camp (JTC) Role 1.

General Admiral Fernando García Sánchez with General Mingiardi during the induction briefing

The Spanish Chief of Defence Visits EUTM Somalia HQ in Mogadishu

27/04/2014

The Chief of Defence of Spain, General Admiral Fernando García Sánchez, accompanied by a high level delegation of the Spanish Armed Forces, visited the European Union Training Mission Somalia (EUTM Somalia) Headquarters located at the International Campus within Mogadishu International Airport area.

His Excellency Hassan Sheikh Mohamud, President of the Federal Republic of Somalia, and the EU Delegation

The Chairman of the European Union Military Committee visits EUTM Somalia HQ in Mogadishu

27/04/2014

The Chairman of the European Union Military Committee (EUMC), General Patrick de Rousiers accompanied by the Military Representatives to EUMC of Netherlands, Lieutenant General Jan BROEKS, Sweden, Rear Admiral Odd WERIN, and Ireland, Brigadier General Murray PIGGOTT, visited the European Union Training Mission Somalia (EUTM Somalia) Headquarters in Mogadishu.

European Union Training Mission Somalia holds its medal parade in Mogadishu

European Union Training Mission Somalia holds its Medal Parade in Mogadishu

27/04/2014

The Medal Parade of the European Union Training Mission Somalia (EUTM Somalia) took place at the Mission HQ. The ceremony was attended by the Chairman of the European Union Military Committee (EUMC), Gen Patrick DE ROUSIERS, the European Union Special Envoy for Somalia, Michele CERVONE D’URSO, and the Military Representatives to EUMC of: Netherlands, Lieutenant General Jan BROEKS; Sweden, Rear Admiral Odd WERIN; and Ireland, Brigadier General Murray PIGGOTT.

EUTM Somalia Mission Commander, Brigadier General Massimo MINGIARDI address the parade

Opening ceremony of the first reintegration course for Somali National Army Soldiers managed by Somali instructors trained by EUTM Somalia

24/04/2014

The official ceremony for the inauguration of the first Reintegration Course has taken place on 24th April at Jazeera Training Camp (JTC) in Mogadishu.

Deputy Minister of Defence signs the Advisory and Mentoring Concept

The Deputy Minister of defence Abdallah Hussain Ali signs the advisory and mentoring concept

06/04/2014

On the 6 April 2014 the Deputy Minister of Defence of Somalia, Abdallah Hussain Ali’, during a meeting at EUTM Somalia Headquarters with General Massimo MINGIARDI, Mission Commander EUTM SOMALIA, and Colonel Massimiliano PERROTTA, EUTM SOMALIA Strategic Advisor to the Minister of Defence, signed the Advisory and Mentoring Concept.

Deputy Minister for Defence, Chief of Defence and EUTM Somalia Mission Commander attend the parade

First group of EUTM Somalia trained instructor graduate

05/04/2014

On the 5 April 2014 the parade that marked the end of the first “Train the Trainers” course, planned and organized by EUTM Somalia, took place at Jazeera Training Camp (JTC) in Mogadishu. The ceremony was attended by the Deputy Minister for Defence of SOMALIA, Abdallah Hussain Ali’, the Chief of Defence Forces, General Dahir Aden Elmi, and the EUTM SOMALIA Mission Commander Brigadier General Massimo MINGIARDI.

Signature of the ministerial guidance

The Minister of Defence Mohamed Sheikh Hassan Hamud sign the ministerial guidance on defence policy year 2014 – 2016

23/03/2014

0n the 23 of March, the Minister of Defence Mohamed Sheikh Hassan Hamud, during a meeting in Villa Somalia with General Massimo Mingiardi, Mission Commander EUTM SOMALIA, and Colonel Massimiliano Perrotta, EUTM SOMALIA Strategic Advisor to the Minister of Defence, and Sheikh Musse Abdulle Mohamud, Permanent Secretary for Defence, has signed the Ministerial Guidance on Defence Policy Year 2014 – 2016.

Prime Minister Abdiweli Sheik Ahmed and Mogadishu Mayor General Hassan Mohamed Hussein (Mungab) meet Eutm Somalia Mission Commander General Mingiardi

15/03/2014

0n the 15 of March, General Massimo MINGIARDI, Mission Commander EUTM SOMALIA, has been received by the newly appointed Mogadishu Mayor, Gen Hassan Mohamed Hussein (Mungab) at Mogadishu Municipality in Shangaani District. The Mayor expressed his appreciation for the visit of General MINGIARDI, since he has been the first EU representative to visit Mogadishu Municipality.

President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud and General Mingiardi at working lunch

Meeting with the Somali President

02/03/2014

President H.E. Hassan Sheikh Mohamud and Director of NISA Major General Bashir Mohamed JAMA meet EUTM Somalia Mission Commander General MINGIARDI

General Mingiardi and Rear Admiral Tarrant sign planning directive to the collective staff for joint contingency planning

26/02/2014

0n 26 February, in Nairobi, General Massimo MINGIARDI, Mission Commander EUTM SOMALIA, and Rear Admiral Bob TARRANT, Operation Commander European Union Naval Force Somalia, signed a Joint Planning Directive to the collective staff for Joint Contingency Planning.

Deputy Deputy Minister for Defence and Commander assist to first calls of training

Eutm Somalia starts its training activities In Mogadishu

23/02/2014

On 23 February, an official ceremony inaugurated the first “Train the Trainers” course, planned and organized by the EU's military training mission for Somalia (EUTM Somalia), at the Jazeera Training Camp in Mogadishu. EUTM Somalia's new Mission Commander, Brigadier General Massimo Mingiardi, was joined on this occasion by Somalia's Deputy Minister for Defence, Abdallah Hussein Ali.

Gen. AHERNE passing the EU flag to Gen. MINGIARDI

New Commander of EUTM Somalia

14/02/2014

On 14 February, the official ceremony for the transfer of authority between EUTM SOMALIA Mission Commander Brigadier General Gerald AHERNE (IRL) and Brigadier General Massimo MINGIARDI (ITA), took place at EUTM Headquarters, International Campus, MOGADISHU.

Ambassador KAY and General AHERNE at EUTM Somalia HQ

Special Representative to Somalia of United Nations Secretary General, visited the European Union Training Mission Somalia (EUTM)

23/01/2014

On 23 January, Ambassador Nicholas KAY, the Special Representative to Somalia of United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, visited the European Union Training Mission Somalia (EUTM) Headquarters in Mogadishu.

Intake Vb - Somali trainees- Mogadishu airport

Last trainees in Uganda

09/12/2013

On 6 December the European Union Training Mission (EUTM Somalia) contributed to the repatriation of the last intake (5 bravo) of Somali trainees to Somalia where they will be incorporated back into the Somali National Armed Forces.

Guard of honour

Final parade in Bihanga (Last Somali trainees in Uganda)

05/12/2013

On 4 December 2013, the Final Parade of the latest intake (V bravo) of Somalia National Armed Forces (SNAF) personnel to be trained by EUTM-SOMALIA took place in Bihanga Training Camp in the western Uganda district of Ibanda. The ceremony was hosted by Brigadier General Gerald AHERNE EUTM – SOMALIA Commander with the presence of General Patrick DE ROUSIERS, the permanent Chairman of the European Union Military Committee. At the ceremony also present were Maj. Gen. David MUHOOZI, UPDF Land Forces Commander and Brig. Gen. Abdirizak Khalif ELMI, Deputy Commander of Defence Forces in Somalia, together with several members from the diplomatic corps and representatives from Europe, Somalia, USA, AMISOM and Uganda.

Group picture

EUTM SOMALIA Medal Parade in Kampala

18/11/2013

On 18th November, European Union Training Mission Somalia (EUTM) Commander, Brigadier General Gerard AHERNE (IRL) awarded fourteen (14) EUTM members from the Mission Headquarters (MHQ) and from Bihanga Training Camp (BTC), with the Union Common Security and Defense Policy Service Medal for Somalia. Staff members awarded came from several EU member states (Hungary, Finland, Germany, the Netherlands, Portugal, Spain, Sweden) and from Serbia. The parade took place in the MHQ in Kampala (Uganda).

EUTM SOMALIA Medal Parade in Mate

30/10/2013

On 30 October Brigadier General Gerard AHERNE, Mission Commander, EUTM Somalia, presented thirteen  EUTM members of the Mentoring, Advisory and Training Element (MATE) staff with the European Union Common Security and Defence Policy Medal for Somalia. Staff members awarded came from Finland, France, Ireland, Italy and Spain.

Col. CUCCINIELLO(ITA) - new MATE Cdr and Lt. Gen. GUTI (UGA) - AMISOM Cdr

EUTM SOMALIA: New Commander In Mogadishu

25/09/2013

On the 24th September 2013, Colonel. Lorenzo CUCCINIELLO (ITA) took over as the new Commander of the Mentoring, Advisory and Training Element (MATE) of the European Union’s Training Mission in Somalia.

New Somali trainees first day in Bihanga Training Camp -  Uganda

EUTM SOMALIA: Training Update

25/09/2013

On the 24th September, the European Union’s Training Mission in Somalia (EUTM Somalia) welcomed the latest group of personnel (142 soldiers including 2 women) from the Somali National Armed Forces to be trained in UGANDA. 

Medal Parade in EUTM Somalia, Kampala (Uganda)

Medal Parade in EUTM Somalia, Kampala (Uganda)

10/09/2013

On 10th September, European Union Training Mission Somalia Commander, Brigadier General Gerard AHERNE (IRL) awarded seven (7) EUTM members of his Mission Headquarters (MHQ) staff with the Union Common Security and Defense Policy Service Medal for Somalia. Staff members awarded came from several EU member states (Finland, Germany, Italy and Spain).  

EUTM SOMALIA PARADE - Bihanga Training Camp

06/08/2013

On 2 August 2013, the Final Parade of the latest intake of Somalia National Armed Forces (SNAF) personnel to be trained by EUTM-S took place in Bihanga Training Camp in the western Ugandan district of Ibanda. The ceremony was hosted by Brigadier General Gerald Aherne, the Mission Commander of EUTM-S. Anna Carin Platon of the EU Delegation to Uganda also attended as did Brigadier. General Jim Wills Byarugaba, the Ugandan Peoples Defence Forces (UPDF) Chief of Operations and Training.  

EU DAY Celebrated in Somalia - EUTM Somalia in Mogadishu: A Milestone / The New Era

15/05/2013

On 7th May EUTM Somalia declared Initial Operational Capability (IOC) of it Mentoring Advisory and Training Element (MATE) Headquarters in Mogadishu International Airport (MIA). This was followed by the official launch on 15th of May as part of Schuman day celebrations in Mogadishu.

A new beginning: New Specialist Training in Bihanga Camp Begins – A quantum leap training in Bihanga Camp

20/04/2013

The European Union Training Mission Somalia (EUTM Somalia) have today welcomed a new group of Somali trainees.

Medal parade in EUTM SOMALIA MHQ Kampala (Uganda)

09/03/2013

On 9th March Brigadier General Gerard AHERNE EUTM Somalia, Mission Commander, presented ten (10) EUTM members of his Mission Headquarters (MHQ), staff with the Union Common Security and Defence Policy Medal for Somalia.

International Women's Day – 8 March 2013

08/03/2013

The second half of 2012 was a turning point for Somalia's political transition: Following the adoption of a Provisional Constitution by a National Constituent Assembly on 1 August, on 20 August, the new Federal Somali Parliament was inaugurated. A month later, the new Parliament elected President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud. Finally, the new Somali government of 10 ministers received the Parliament's vote of confidence in November 2012.

Entebbe Airport: Somali recruits waiting to get on the plane

Somali troops newly trained by EUTM to be reintegrated into the Somali National Armed Forces

21/02/2013

The European Union Training Mission for Somalia (EUTM Somalia) has this week helped repatriate 551 newly trained Somali soldiers to their home country. Before being incorporated into the Somali army, these troops will undergo a specific re-integration module.

Incoming Mission Commander, Brig. Gen. Gerald AHERNE, receiving EU Flag from H.E. Roberto Ridolfi, Head of EU Delegation to Uganda.jpg

EUTM SOMALIA Mission Commander Handover Ceremony

28/01/2013

On the 28th January 2013, with legal effect from 1st February 2013, Mission Commander Handover ceremony between Col. Michael BEARY (IR) and Brigadier General Gerald AHERNE (IR) took place, following a recent 2 years extension of the mandate approved by the European Union Council.

Mission Commander, Col. Michael BEARY introducing himself to the pupils of Rushango Junior School

EUTM German and Swedish members of initiate CIMIC Project for Rushango Junior School

16/01/2013

On the marks the final stage of a CIMIC project which was an initiative undertaken by German and Swedish members in Bihanga Training Camp (BTC). They raised enough funding to provide Rushango Junior School with a water tank and 144 school books.

Presentation of Common Security and Defence Policy (CSDP) medal at Bihanga training camp to EUTM trainers

04/12/2012

On the 4 December EUTM-Somalia Mission Commander, Col Michael BEARY, during a short but meaningful parade, presented on behalf of the High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, Catherine ASHTON,the CSDP medal to 17 trainers and staff members, in the presence of the Irish Military Representative, Brigadier General Tom BEHAN. 

Captain Ad van der Linde (Royal Netherlands Navy), EU Operations Centre Commander, visiting EUTMSomalia

Head of EU Operations Centre visits EUTM Somalia

06/11/2012

On the 6 November 2012 Captain (Royal Netherland Navy) Ad van der Linde, Head of the EU Operations Centre, paid a visit to EUTM Somalia Head Quarter in Kampala and to Bihanga Training Camp, addressing EUTM personnel words of appreciation for the objectives achieved until now.

 Mission Commander delivering the CSDP medal

Presentation of Common Security and Defence Policy (CSDP) medal at Bihanga training camp to EUTM trainers

06/10/2012

On October 6th 2012, EUTM Somalia Mission Commander Col Michael BEARY presented the CSDP medal to 75 European trainers and staff members, on behalf of the High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, Baroness Catherine ASHTON. The medals were presented at a formal parade at the EUTM Somalia training camp at Bihanga, in western Uganda.

based Ambassadors, Consuls and Defense Attache’

Mission Commander's briefing on the progress of the mission

01/10/2012

Today EUTM-Somalia Mission Commander, Col. Michael BEARY, briefed a delegation of Ambassadors and Diplomatic Representatives from 11 EU Members States and EU delegation in Uganda (Austria, Belgium, Denmark, EU Delegation, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Netherland, Spain, Sweden, UK. ) on the progress of the mission.

The rotation of the 3rd and 4th intakes was a significant operation which involved the transportation of over 1200 Somali military personnel between Mogadishu and the Bihanga Training Camp in Western Uganda.

New Security Forces for Somalia

06/07/2012

The European Union Training Mission (EUTM) for Somalia successfully delivered a 3rd rotation of well trained Somali soldiers to the Somali authorities in Mogadishu. This EU program will have trained more than 3000 Somali soldiers by the end of the 4th training intake.

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