Warfare exercise starts at Rooikop

09 Sep 2013 03:10
ROOIKOP, 09 SEP (NAMPA) - The Chief of the Namibian Defence Force (NDF), Lieutenant-General Epaphras Denga Ndaitwah officially opened the Southern African Development Community (SADC) Special Forces’ Multinational Warfare Exercise here on Sunday.
Members of the special forces of 10 SADC countries are participating in the five-week warfare simulation exercise, code-named ‘Welwitschia’, at the Rooikop Military Base near Walvis Bay in the Erongo Region.
Ndaitwah explained that the Inter-State Defence and Security Committee allows the SADC special forces to conduct yearly multi-national exercises in order to improve their inter-operability in different geographical terrains in the region and beyond when the need arises.
The last training exercise was held in Lesotho in 2012.
The NDF Chief said this is the first time that the warfare exercise is conducted in desert conditions, and called on the participants to conduct the exercise with caution to avoid fatal injuries, and to utilise the equipment in an orderly manner to avoid damages or loss.
“The exercise must be conducted in such a way that the environment is not damaged, as it is strongly protected,” he noted.
The forces will be integrated, and will carry out drills and training simultaneously from Monday, 09 September until 29 September this year before the main exercise is conducted from 30 September until 07 October 2013.
About 600 military personnel from various SADC Member States such as Angola, Botswana, Lesotho, Malawi, South Africa, Zambia, Zimbabwe and host Namibia are participating in the simulation exercise.