Military exercise concludes

Preparation is key

24 August 2020 | Ministries

Peter Vilho; Defence minister: “These exercises prepare you to maintain your sovereignty”…

Karibib

A three-week long military exercise dubbed operation ‘Ex-Khan Strike’ concluded on Thursday and has been labelled a success.
The exercise kicked off on 31 July and lasted until 20 August 2020 in Karibib.

Speaking at the closing exercise at the Karibib Military Training Area (Etiro Farm), minister of defence and veteran affairs Rear Admiral (retired) Peter Vilho, said that it is prudent that the Namibian Defence Force (NDF) conducts interoperability military exercises in order to demonstrate joint services operational capability.

“You can only know your true capabilities when you exercise together as a defence force. The Khan Strike Exercise was conducted to test the interoperability of the Namibian forces and to carry out a live demonstration of integrated weapon systems.”

Vilho explained that the exercise was necessary to prepare the force against threats to the wellbeing of the public and national security.

“These exercises prepare you to maintain your sovereignty and territorial integrity. It also creates conditions in which democracy is consolidated and social justice and economic development is maintained,” he said.

The minister said that the exercise was not triggered by any given development, saying it was a mere routine informed by the NDF mission statement.

“When war comes, we cannot have excuses such as that we are being hampered by Covid-19. We have to prepare our troops to be ready at all times.”

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