By Flt Lt Elizabeth Salifu
Ghanaian Peacekeepers serving with the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL GHANBATT 85) have held an Inter-Company Combat Walk Competition at Al-Qawzah, Lebanon.
The competition which was held on Friday, the 31st of May, 2019, was part of GHANBATT 85’s in-mission training activity and was aimed at testing the physical endurance of troops, ensuring a high standard of operational effectiveness, building teamwork and promoting the spirit of healthy competition.
Five military sub-units/companies of the battalion namely Alpha, Bravo, Charlie, Headquarters and a Logistics unit, competitively undertook a 5 km walk through a hilly, undulating mountainous terrain, obstacle crossing; flipping of about 100 kg armored vehicle tyre, pushing of Styr trucks, bench press, stripping and assembling of rifles while blind folded, among others.
The competition which was well attended by both UNIFIL military and civilian personnel and some Lebanese living within the locality, saw Bravo Company emerged winners, Charlie Company taking the second-place and followed by the Headquarters Company.
As part of Ghana’s contribution to international peace and security, the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon Ghana Battalion 85 (UNIFIL GHANBATT 85) under the command of Lieutenant Colonel (Lt Col) Fiifi Deegbe arrived in Lebanon on 30th June, 2018, to begin a one year tour of peacekeeping duty in Southern Lebanon, in accordance with the United Nations Security Council Resolution 1701.
Since their arrival in Lebanon, the contingent has carried out several operational activities, such as conducting patrols along the Blue Line (the United Nations recognised line of withdrawal of the Israeli Defence Force from Lebanon), capacity building and support to the Lebanese Armed Forces and other governmental institutions.
Over the period, the battalion has also carried out several humanitarian activities such as social donations, medical and dental outreaches, teaching assistance among others. UNIFIL GHANBATT 85 is expected to end its tour of duty in July 2019.