EU leads a live fire exercise for Somali Maritime Police
The European Union Training Mission Somalia (EUTM-S), supported the European Union Capacity Building Mission Somalia (EUCAP) in a live fire training exercise to improve the skills and capabilities of the Somali Maritime Police Unit (SMU).
Somali officers were taught in rifle handling and shooting range procedures. The EUTM-S says that the training exercise will be repeated for another group of SMU officers.
The EU has said that the training will assist officers in patrolling Somalia’s waters.
“This exercise represents another step toward a more secure and stable Somalia. It is the first activity carried out among this two military and civilian European Missions and the Somali Unit devoted to the management and maritime control of territorial waters. “
The depletion of seafood resources by foreign fishing companies in Somalia’s waters has been a disastrous for fishing communities dependent on the ocean. Analysts have pointed to illegal fishing and waste dumping as one of the key underlying economic issues of piracy.