By Capt Maxwell Asola-Fadola – PIO, UNMISS GHANCOY 1

The Commander of the military component of the United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) – Lieutenant General (Lt Gen) Shailesh Tinaikar, has visited troops of the Ghana Independent Infantry Company (GHANCOY 1) at Aweil, in the Northern Bahr El Ghazal (NBeG) region of South Sudan.

The visit on Friday 09 August 2019, was the maiden one by the Commander to Aweil, which falls under the operational command of Sector West since he took over command of UNMISS forces in May 2019 and was aimed at ascertaining the level of operational preparedness of troops and how effective GHANCOY 1 had dominated its Area of Operational Responsibility (AOR), over the period.

The Force Commander, Lt Gen Shailesh Tinaikar was received at the Mango Camp by the Officer Commanding GHANCOY 1, Lt Col Felix Kweku Mautsueni and the Head of Field Office (HoFO), Mr Hailu Ataklti, where he inspected a guard of honour mounted by GHANCOY 1 troops in his honour.

Lt Gen Tinaikar was later given a detailed brief on the operational and administrative matters of the Company as he used the opportunity to charge all troops of the Company to work diligently in line with the UN rules of engagement and help bring lasting peace to South Sudan.

Gen Tinaikar also visited the force signal detachment in the camp, manned by the personnel of the Indian Army, and later interacted with HoFO and civilian stakeholders in the peacekeeping effort within Mango Camp.

The Sector West Commander, Brigadier General (Brig Gen) Wang Chuanjin, together with staff officers from the Force Headquarters were part of the entourage.

Lt Gen Shailesh Tinaikar has had a long and distinguished career with the Indian Armed Forces spanning over thirty-four years, after graduating from the Indian Military Academy in 1983. He was appointed by the UN Secretary-General –  Antonio Guterres to succeed Lt Gen Frank Kamanzi of Rwanda, who completed his assignment on 26th May 2019.

He had previously served with the United Nations Angola Verification Mission III in 1996 and 1997 and later in the UN Mission in Sudan, from 2008 to 2009.

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