Kenya Participates In The Tenth Iteration Of Exercise Eager Lion, Jordan

Kenya is among 28 nations that took part in Exercise Eager Lion 2022, which the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan hosted from 4th to 15th of September, 2022.

The two-week multi-lateral military training exercise is designed to improve interoperability and provide advanced training proficiencies for border security to address regional challenges across the land, air, sea, and cyber domains.

Speaking at the opening ceremony in Amman, Jordan, the Deputy Commander of Operations and Training, Brigadier General Abdallah Al Shdiefat, underscored the importance of the exercise in building trust amongst partner nations while sustaining mature relationships that highlight their mutual interest in countering terrorism and maintaining regional security.

"This exercise bonds our country's armed forces and most reliable partners leading the way for security and stability in the region," he said.

In his remarks during the Exercise Eager Lion Senior Leaders Seminar at Amman, the Vice-Chancellor of the National Defence University-Kenya (NDU-K), Lieutenant General Jonah M Mwangi, reiterated the significance of the exercise in enhancing the unity of purpose while addressing common security challenges.

"Indeed, an invitation to the Multinational Exercise Eager Lion 2022 demonstrates the robust strategic partnership between Kenya and the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan, which affords each of us opportunities to grow our capabilities to effectively respond to current and emerging threats, thus promoting international peace and security," he added.

Eager Lion, one of the region's largest military exercises, enhances Kenya's partnerships with the Jordanian Armed Forces in our collective ability to conduct simultaneous and varied military operations seamlessly.

In addition to exchanging military expertise, the exercise allows participants to improve interagency communications and coordination, using simulated regular and irregular warfare scenarios to activate a Combined Joint Task Force.

This year's scenarios focused on cyber threats and integrated Air and Missile Defence and Maritime and Border Security for disaster management and humanitarian aid.

Among other participants in the exercise were coalition military personnel from the US Central Command, Belgium, Norway, Spain, Pakistan, Ukraine, Germany, France, Iraq, Italy, and Japan.

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