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British regiment trains Gambian soldiers

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By Gary Cartwright

Members of the British Royal Gibraltar Regiment have spent five weeks in The Gambia training officers and soldiers from the Gambia Armed Forces.

The regiment’s short-term training team, accompanied by a Royal Marine medic, delivered a “Train the Trainer” package aimed at developing GAF’s ability to train their own personnel.

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This visit is the latest in a series of training deployments to Africa and is part of wider UK Defence efforts to build capability with key partners across the continent.

From fieldcraft to first aid training, the Gambian soldiers were offered refresher work and supported in developing and delivering their own lessons to enhance the GAF’s ability to support future UN missions.

The course culminated in a realistic battle exercise, with Brigadier General Turro Jawneh of GAF overseeing a closing ceremony and presenting awards to the top performing students.

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