Kenyan Army get training support from RAF
A team of RAF Regiment Gunners from RAF Honington have been delivering a specialist training package for Kenyan Army personnel who will be deploying to Somalia as part of the Kenyan contribution to the fight against Al Shabaab.
The training team arrived in Kenya on the 16 May and, after acclimatisation, has been training Kenyan Army personnel in the techniques of specialist tracking that helps to counter the threat from improvised explosive devices (IED) in Somalia.
This tracking also helps to gain intelligence and these techniques have previously been identified by the Kenya Defence Forces as a capability gap and they have sought British military assistance to close this gap.
"The highest number of Kenyan deaths in the fight against Al Shabab are due to IEDs. The course begins with the basics of tracking; identifying 'sign' such as enemy footprints or disturbances, analysing it and determining numerous factors such as the age of the sign, how many individuals, the sex, size and health of the enemy," said flight lieutenant Graeme Royston, the team leader of the operation.
The course then moves on to practical tracking drills, distinguishing between 'foul sign', footprints or disturbance from others who are not enemy and 'sign' which are from the actual enemy. The students then progress to tracking as part of a team and tracking in hostile areas including what to do when coming under enemy fire. The course will finish with an exercise where the students are expected to track the enemy from an IED emplacement, over many miles, before attempting a capture.