The Ghana Armed Forces (GAF) in conjunction with the Security Forces Assistance Brigade (SFAB) of the United States of America (USA) Army, has held simulation drills to train and improve Ghana’s ability to plan and conduct Counter Violent Extremists (CVE) operations, in exercises codenamed EX AFRICAN LION ‘22.

EX AFRICAN LION ’22 which, on the part of GAF, involves the Northern Command (N/COMD) of the Ghana Army (GA) and the Ghana Airforce, commenced at the Daboya Training Camp, in the Savannah Region, on Monday, 27 June, 2022, in preparedness against terrorist threats that may emanate from the northern frontiers of Ghana.

Among the agenda of the training is to improve air to ground integration between the Army and the Airforce, react to complex ambush operations, counter Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) and Medical Evacuation (MEDEVAC) operations.

The drill simulated various scenarios including an attack on a military base by extremists, Air Fire Support by the Air Force, and neutralizing IEDs by Explosive Ordinance Disposal experts.

The Chief of the Defence Staff (CDS) of GAF – Vice Admiral Seth Amoama was present with the Chief of the Army Staff – Major General Thomas Oppong-Peprah, Chief of Air Staff – Air Vice Marshal Frank Hanson, Deputy Chief of Staff, Administration, General Headquarters – Air Vice Marshal Appiah-Agyekum, General Officer Commanding, N/COMD – Brigadier General Moses Aryee, and the Commander, Army Special Operations Brigade – Brig Gen Matthew Essien.

Admiral Amoama stated after the drills that the training exercise was important at a time when the country was facing complex threats of Violent Extremism (VE), and expressed satisfaction at the level of readiness exhibited by troops.

The Commander, SFAB – Colonel John Erwin, cited the dedication and commitment of the Ghanaian troops, adding that the exercise had been successful with both the Ghanaian and American troops exchanging ideas.

On a larger scale, EX AFRICAN LION ’22, was held in Agadir, Morrocco, as a largescale multinational counter terrorism training exercise involving troops from Morrocco, Senegal, Tunisia, United States and Ghana, to improve CVE operations, air to ground integration, and enhance force interoperability.

A platoon-size force from GA was flown by the Airforce to participate in the 5,000-troop largescale multinational field exercises, which started from 11 June and ends on 30 June, 2022.


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