The Ugandan People’s Defence Force (UPDF) Special Force Command (SFC) says it has created a new elite counter-terrorism special forces unit which graduated last Friday after a one year-long pre-deployment programme run by US Navy SEALS at the Sera Kasenyi Special Forces School near Entebbe.
According to a report posted to the website of UPDF-SFC, the new unit graduated last Friday after concluding a training programme which involved close-quarters combat, sniper operations and combat casualty care among other subjects.
Speaking at the graduation parade, SFC commander Brigadier-General Muhoozi Kainerugaba said the unit will be deployed shortly to Somalia on a mission to lead the fight against Islamist militant group Al Shabaab.
“I congratulate you for successfully completing the training programme. Our forces have achieved a lot in the mission area ever since the inception of the joint combined exchange training (JCET) programme with our close partners from the United States, however, we should not rest on our laurels. We should be vigilant and alert because the enemy is constantly evolving his methods and techniques,” said Kainerugaba.