United States intends to support Uganda’s efforts aimed at strengthening the armed force’s Air Force and marine units.
This was revealed during a meeting between Chief of Defence Forces, Gen David Muhoozi and Commander of the US Army in Africa, Maj Gen Joseph P. Harrington.
The function took place at the Ministry of Defence and Veteran Affairs headquarters in Mbuya, Kampala.
Harrington, who led the delegation, applauded and commended UPDF’s role in the pacification of both Somalia and the Central Africa Republic (CAR).
He noted that there was need for all the Troop Contributing Countries (TCCs) in Somalia to skill and equip the Somali National Army with the necessary tactics that would help them protect the sovereignty of Somalia.
According to UPDF spokesperson, Brig Richard Karemire, Maj Gen Joseph Harrington, “expressed his commitment and willingness to help UPDF fill its training gaps in both Maritime engagements and Air Defence.”
Sources say UPDF is gradually overhauling and modernizing its air force capabilities with new equipment and war planes.
Pilots and engineers are being trained on a large scale to address the human resource challenges.
Gen David Muhoozi, lauded the US Army for its enormous contributions towards the success of UPDF missions, saying that the “building of capacity of UPDF soldiers would make the region more stable.”
He cited Somalia as an example; and noted that UPDF’s role in the stabilization of Somalia will in the “long run stop the influx of Somali refugees to Uganda and world over.”