British Army Deliver Urban Operations Training in Ghana 270321 CREDIT British Army
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Ghanaian Soldiers Train With British Army To Counter Threats From Extremist Organisations

The training programme included both tactical and conceptual components.

British Army Deliver Urban Operations Training in Ghana 270321 CREDIT British Army

Troops from the British Army have been working with Ghanaian soldiers in their capital city of Accra to deliver training in support of regional stability.

The four-week training programme focuses on how to provide protection against the emergence of future security threats.

Under the guidance of British Army mentors, the Ghanaian troops were divided into two teams – command planning and tactical.

The planning team was tested on its use of the Combat Estimate, a process used by defence personnel to formulate plans, with a focus on developing capacity in organising urban security operations.

The tactical team took part in operations training including building entry, room clearance, ladder drills and platoon attacks.

British Army Deliver Urban Operations Training in Ghana
British troops have been helping to train Ghanaian soldiers to counter threats from extremist organisations (Picture: MOD).

A British Army Team Commander said: "The aspiration is that by developing the skills, abilities and processes of one Partner Force, they will become a credible organisation through which capacity development can be passed on to neighbouring countries, having a greater overall effect within a particular region.

"Our relationship with the Partner Force is the keystone to our role. We must understand what they want us to do and why.

"Having that clear, empathetic approach and being personable gains trust, resulting in mission success."

During the final week, training culminated in an exercise that encompassed a complicated counter-terrorism scenario. 

The planning team designed and coordinated a dawn raid, which was delivered to the tactical team for execution on the ground.

A training Junior NCO (non-commissioned officer) said it had been "fantastic working alongside the Ghanaians".

They added: "They are hungry to learn new things, are always wanting more and are always asking why.

"The Ghanaian troops are a fantastic bunch of soldiers and it has been great to see the camaraderie and humour that they bring every day."

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