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EUTM SOMALIA (EUROPEAN UNION TRAINING MISSION IN SOMALIA)

EUTM SOMALIA (EUROPEAN UNION TRAINING MISSION IN SOMALIA)
Escudo EUTM SOMALIA

Spanish Mission

Spain was the first country to take command of this training mission when it was launched in Uganda in May 2010.

The first Spaniards to arrive in the area were 18 instructors from the Army Training and Indoctrination Command. They taught specialised training modules, amongst them section command, urban warfare, communications, counter-IED training and healthcare.

Since January 2015, a "pool" of instructors has been available to develop course content or training. Spain was the European country that provided the largest number of soldiers to the misión: 38 troops.

The mission is covered by UN Secutiry Council Resolution 1872 of May 2009. On 25th January 2010, the European Union agreed to launch a military mission to contribute to the training of security forces in Somalia.

Spanish participation in the operation was approved by the Council of Ministers on 23rd April, after Congress passed the government request.

In 2010, Somalia was a stateless nation where pirates, who were operating in the Indian Ocean and whom the European Union was trying to combat with Operation Atalanta, were hiding with total impunity.

To reinforce this task on land, the European Union launched the Somalia EUTM Armed Forces training mission.

Until the beginning of 2014, the operation was conducted in Bihanga Camp (Uganda) due to the insecurity of living in Somalia. Later the mission moved to Somalian soil, with its centre of operations in Mogadishu.

During that year, Somalian forces intensified their efforts against the terrorist group Al Shabaab. From then on, the mission was centred on training Somalian soldiers and strategically advising them, so that they could take charge of future training.

The EUTM-Somalia training mission aims to teach members of Somalian security forces so that they can assume the security responsibilities of their country and combat terrorism and piracy, collaborating from land with the EU efforts carried out at sea through Operation Atalanta. 

2020

  • February 22nd. Col. Diego García Garrido takes over as commander of the Spanish troops deployed. 

 2019

  • November 1st.  The EUTM misión reaches 5.000 troops trained.
  • September 30th. EUTM Somalia concluded training of the 4th Company of Somali Light Infantry.
  • April 16th.  A total of 89 military personnel completed training of the 3rd Company of the 143rd Battalion of the Somali Army.

2018

  • December. EUMT Somalia training team, led by Spain, finishes the 2018 year with more than 500 Somali soldiers trained. EUTM Somalia faces its 6th Mandate, extending Europe's commitment to Somalia until December 2020.
  •  April. The German and Dutch contingents are withdrawn from Somalia, after being part of EUTM-Somalia for 7 and 5 years respectively. 
  • February. The Spanish instructor team trains two Companies integrating the Infantry Battalion of the Somali Armed Forces.

2016

  • November. Italy expresses its commitment to maintain its command till December 2018.

2015

  • March 16. The European Union extends the mission till December 31, 2016.

2014

  • January. The mission is moved from Uganda to Somalia.

2010

  • May 4. EUTM-Somalia begins its operating phase under Spanish command.
  • April 23. The Council of Ministers approves the operation.
  • April 22. The Congress of Deputies authorises participation of Spanish soldiers in the mission.
  • January 25. The European Union agrees to create a training mission for Somali security forces.

 


EUTM SOMALIA (EUROPEAN UNION TRAINING MISSION IN SOMALIA)

  • EUTM Somalia concludes training of the 4th Company of the Somali Light Infantry

    EUTM Somalia concludes training of the 4th Company of the Somali Light Infantry

    EUTM Somalia concludes training of the 4th Company of the Somali Light Infantry

    2019/09/30

    In Mogadishu

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  • Teniente coronel Núñez da novedades del contingente español

    Celebración internacional del Día de las Fuerzas Armadas de España

    Celebración internacional del Día de las Fuerzas Armadas de España

    2019/06/01

    En Mogadiscio, Somalia

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  • El equipo español en EUTM Somalia adiestra a 12 nuevos instructores somalíes

    El equipo español en EUTM Somalia adiestra a 12 nuevos instructores somalíes

    El equipo español en EUTM Somalia adiestra a 12 nuevos instructores somalíes

    2019/05/10

    Es el sexto curso ‘train the trainers’ en el centro de formación de Mogadiscio, un avance para que el Ejército somalí asuma su formación de forma autónoma de forma progresiva

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  • El comandante de la Fuerza de EUNAVFOR participa en la celebración del Día de la Unión Europea en Somalia

    El comandante de la Fuerza de EUNAVFOR participa en la celebración del Día de la Unión Europea en Somalia

    El comandante de la Fuerza de EUNAVFOR participa en la celebración del Día de la Unión Europea en Somalia

    2019/05/03

    También han acudido los líderes de las demás misiones de la UE en el país africano.

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  • EUTM-Somalia finaliza el adiestramiento de una nueva compañía del Ejército Nacional

    EUTM-Somalia finaliza el adiestramiento de una nueva compañía del Ejército Nacional

    EUTM-Somalia finaliza el adiestramiento de una nueva compañía del Ejército Nacional

    2019/04/16

    Las Fuerzas Armadas españolas lideran el equipo de instructores, que ha formado a 89 militares somalíes que combatirán el terrorismo yihadista

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