Mission of the FAZSOI in Botswana from 8th to 19th April 2013
A detachment of the French Armed Forces of the Southern Zone of the Indian Ocean (FAZSOI) has stayed in Botswana from 8th to 19th April 2013. Composed of about forty non-commissioned officers and ordinary soldiers commended by Lt-Col Bertrand Debray, this Operational Instruction Detachment trained troops of the Botswana Defence Force (BDF) into different types of operations: patrols in semi-urban and urban areas, hand-to-hand fight and operational intervention techniques, combat shooting, precision shooting, maintenance and driving of troops transport vehicles.
The detachment commander and the FAZSOI instructors greatly appreciated the BDF logistical support. They praised the seriousness and the commitment of the troops during the training and noticed tremendous improvements.
This mission was the continuation of the long-standing cooperation between the BDF and the FAZSOI. That kind of operation is co-organized on a year-to-year basis and aims to strengthen the abilities of Armed Forces and to prepare them to further peace-keeping operations within the Standby African Union Forces framework.
Colonel Vincent Alexandre, Commander of the 2nd RPIMa based in St Pierre de la Réunion and representative of the General Commander of the FAZSOI, made the trip to Gaborone at the end of the detachment’s mission. On 18th April, he took part in the official closing ceremony on the Air Base of Molepolole, alongside with H.E. Mrs Anne de la Blache, Ambassador of France to Botswana. The Ambassador had previoulsy received the FAZSOI officers and instructors for a private reception at the French Residence.