Somaliland: EUCAP Nestor carries out Search and Rescue exercise in Berbera

On June 25th a series of mentoring and practical exercises with particular focus on Search and Rescue (SAR), organized by EUCAP Nestor in Somaliland, were  completed. The training commenced on June 8thincluded practical exercises at sea in the coastal town of Berbera.
The course proved an  ideal  opportunity to make use of a ‘Rigid Hull Inflatable Boat’ (RHIB) donated by EUCAP Nestor to the Somaliland Coast Guard and put it through its initial tests. The RHIB will initially be used as SAR Training and Control vessel with a dedicated crew trained on its safe and responsible handling. In line with a comprehensive approach towards capacity building in the Horn of Africa, UNODC Engineers, located in Berbera, assisted in preparations prior to launching the RHIB.

Enhanced understanding on the planning  and conduct  of SAR missions and the most appropriate search techniques plus First Aid training enables a more effective emergency response in case of a real  ‘rescue at sea’ scenario. EUCAP Nestor  provided fuel to conduct the exercises and donated Fire Fighting equipment.The Somaliland Coast Guard is currently  dealing with  an increased influx of refugees and returning migrants from Yemen  potentially resulting in an increased need for SAR skills and knowledge. EUCAP Nestor  specialized SAR training  course  is likely to help  saving  lives at sea.
The 2nd SAR Training module is planned for  September, and will build on the lessons learned to date. The intention is to earmark and equip one Coast Guard vessel for SAR duties by the end of the 2ndSAR module.“Parallel to the SAR training programme, the Mission was able to deliver the necessary office furniture for the English Language Teaching Laboratory at the Berbera Maritime & Fisheries Academy (BMFA). The end of the SAR training  programme coincided with the celebration of the annual ‘International Day of the Seafarer’ organized by the Berbera Maritime & Fisheries Academy, the Coast Guard and EUCAP Nestor. On this occasion the EU missiondonated  Maritime books to the Academy  library.” The 2nd SAR Training module is planned in September, and will build on the lessons learned to date. The intention is to earmark and equip one Coast Guard vessel for SAR duties by the end of the 2nd SAR module.

Background
EUCAP Nestor is a civilian  EU mission,  under the auspices of the Common Security and Defence Policy,  which assists  host countries in the Horn of Africa and Western Indian Ocean region  in strengthening their capacity to ensure maritime security and in particular to fight piracy.

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