GAF to deploy QRF to UN mission in April next year

Banjul, The Gambia: 30th November 2020: A public announcement from the Gambia Armed Forces (GAF) indicates that the country’s military has pledged to deploy a Quick Reaction Force (QRF) to a United Nations (UN) mission in April 2021.
“This followed series of engagements with relevant UN departments especially the Department of Peace Support Operations (UNDPO). GAF was advised thereof to plan and tailor its deployment pledge with the Statement of Unit Requirement (SUR) of the United Nations Multidimensional Stabilization Mission in Central African Republic (MINUSCA).”
Consequent on the above, the release went on, the UNDPO will conduct a virtual Advance Advisory Visit (AAV) to ascertain if GAF has the capability and ability in terms of personnel, equipment and appropriate training to deploy a QRF to the aforementioned mission. “The AAV will however be conducted through online due to the COVID-19 travel restrictions. Therefore, live feed will be otherwise utilized to transmit on real time basis which will involve the use of amongst other gadgets, a drone of Mavic 2 pro type, used purposely for capturing images,” the release further stated.
According to the press release, GAF has procured soft skin vehicles to this effect and that saw a convoy of vehicles with white paint tagged with UN on them headed to the Yundum Barracks on Wednesday 25 November 2020.
“The said vehicles would also be on display for the AAV.
Please note that the AAV will be conducted from 2-4 December 2020 at Fajara Barracks and the Forward Operating Base (FOB) in Yundum Barracks respectively. Thus the general public especially residents living around Bakau, Yundum and the other satellite villages are urged not to panic and should go about their normal daily routine,” the release concludes.

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