Middle East

UK Team Completes First Phase Training Of Lebanese Troops

The British soldiers from 16 Air Assault Brigade have trained 48 officers and soldiers from four land border regiments.


A specialist team of British Army soldiers have completed the first four-week package of training and mentoring for Lebanese officers and soldiers.

The UK team consisting of soldiers from the UK's 16 Air Assault Brigade has trained 48 personnel from four land border regiments in the Lebanese Armed Forces (LAF).

The training is part of the British package of support, following the donation of 100 RWMIK Land Rover vehicles in January.

During a visit to the Bekaa Valley earlier this month, the Head of the British Embassy, Dr Martin Longden, and the UK Defence Senior Advisor to the Middle East and North Africa (DSAME), Air Marshal Martin Sampson, saw some of the training first-hand.

Over the past four weeks, the UK team from the pathfinders, part of the UK's 16 Air Assault Brigade, aimed to train the Lebanese personnel to operate the RWMIK (Revised Weapons Mounted Installation Kit) vehicles in the terrain of the Lebanese-Syrian border.

It is hoped the training will prepare the troops stationed there to exert influence over the more remote areas of the frontier and to halt terrorist threats and illegal cross-border activity.

The training package is the first of a planned series of mentoring programmes designed to showcase the UK's commitment to supporting the Lebanese forces in securing its land border.

Head of the British Embassy, Dr Martin Longden, said he was proud of the progress the troops were making.

"I was delighted, and proud, to see first-hand the progress being made on this important agenda.

"The co-operation and partnership between the UK's Armed Forces and the LAF, in support of the State’s capacity to control the country’s borders, is a critical part of Lebanon’s security, sovereignty and prosperity. 

"We will continue to do all we can to support this."