31 Jul 2016 10:50am
OLUNO, 31 JUL (NAMPA) - Defence Minister Penda Ya Ndakolo on Friday officially commissioned the first Namibian Army School of Artillery (NASA) at Oluno near Ondangwa.
The commissioning coincided with the passing-out parade of more than 70 artillerists/gunners, who underwent a three to four-month Artillery Ordnances Operators Course. They were the first intake.
Although this course is not the first of its kind in the history of the Namibian Defence Force (NDF), Ya Ndakolo indicated that it is the first conducted by NASA as a training institution.
The minister said continuous training and capacity building during peacetime should remain amongst the top priorities of his ministry and the NDF.
Therefore, we expect that NASA will contribute to the training of capable artillerists for the NDF who will be ready to play a central role in the defence of our motherland, the minister stated.
He added that a decision was taken to establish NASA that is charged with the responsibility of enhancing effectiveness, professionalism and to train patriotic and competent Namibian gunners.
Ya Ndakolo wants NASA to be able to devise ways on how to overcome contemporary threats, especially in the field of artillery.
This calls for investment in research and development and thinking on how best we can fit in the Concept of Smart Defence, he noted.
Brigadier-General Joseph Kakoto, the commander for the NDF Artillery Brigade, told those present that NASA will be spearheaded by specialised officers, who specialised under the Peoples Liberation Army of Namibia (PLAN) - the former military wing of Swapo during the countrys liberation struggle.
Queen Martha Mwadinomho waKristian yaNelumbu of Oukwanyama and Chief Herman Ndilimani Iipumbu of Uukwambi also attended the event.
Lieutenant Colonel Ambrosius Kushomwa Kwedhi is NASA commandant.