Namibian Air force to Participate in SADC Training Exercise in Botswana

Namibian Air force is set to send 43 members to participate in a SADC Training Exercise codenamed ‘’Exercise Blue Okavango" in Maun, North West District of Botswana from 1l-27 July 2015.

According to the press release, the exercise is geared towards practicing in SADC Air Forces' Air Component Commanders and Staff officers in the planning procedures and execution of Humanitarian Aid Relief and supporting effort operations. It is said that the exercise ‘’ Blue Okavango’’ will further provide an opportunity to enable SADC Air Operations Centre to conduct estimates, produce plans and execute and also Humanitarian Aid Operations.

The exercise brings together about 890 troops from different countries including Angola, Kingdom of Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, and Namibia. Other countries that will also participate include South Africa, Tanzania, Zambia, Zimbabwe and Botswana the host country respectively. The Namibian air force is said to have pledged one transport Aircraft and a transport helicopter to the exercise. The contingent is expected to arrive back home in Grootfontein on 31st July 2015.