UULUNGA: Namibian and Zimbabwean air force members recently conducted a joint military exercise at the semi-desert village of Uulungawakolondo in northern Namibia. The 13-day joint training exercise started on 14 October, and ended on Friday.
King Immanuel Kauluma Elifas of Ondonga, Defence Deputy Minister Lempy Lucas, and the Namibian Chief of Defence Force (CDF), Lieutenant-General Epafras Denga Ndaitwah attended the closing ceremony.
The training was in preparation for the Southern African Development Community (SADC) Air Forces exercise which will be held in Angola next year. All SADC air forces are expected to participate in the exercise in Angola.
Air Force Commander in Namibia, Air Vice-Marshal Martin Pinehas and his Zimbabwean counterpart, Perrance Shiri, were also present during the closing of the exercise at Uulungawakolondo on Friday. The exercise director, Captain Amupolo Shikongo, said it was not the first time for the exercise to be conducted between the sister countries’ military officials. “Last year, we held a training exercise based on humanitarian assistance in neighbouring South Africa,” Shikongo stated.
A total of 100 Namibian military officials and a limited number of Zimbabwean air force officials shared their expertise in military operations, such as jetfighter acrobatics, gunnery and bombing exercises.