US forces join Tanzanian soldiers in Combined Marine Training

Special Forces Soldiers from the Tanzania and United States’ militaries have completed a two-month training program, solidifying the cooperation in defense, between the two Nations.

A statement from the US Embassy in Dar-es-salaam revealed.

The U.S. and Tanzania Special Forces Soldiers have been undergoing an eight-week Joint Combined Exchange Training (JCET) an act which was described to be marking yet another milestone in the history of security cooperation between America and Tanzania.

The JCE Training sessions have been taking place in a number of African countries as well.

Rear Admiral Ramson Godwin Mwaisaka, who is the Commander of the Tanzanian Navy, presided over the closing ceremony held at the Peacekeeping Operations Training Center in Kunduchi, Dar-es-salaam.

Admiral Mwaisaka was joined by Lieutenant Colonel Serge Mettes, Senior Defense Official at the American Embassy in Tanzania as well as members of U.S. Special Operations Command Africa.

“Tanzania is a leader in ensuring peace and stability in the region, and we are grateful to have such a strong partnership on security issues,” Col Serge Mettes stated.

“Our defense forces have a long history of working side by side and this training was designed to improve inter-operability and make them even more cohesive,” Mettes maintained.

The Joint Combined Exchange Training brought together U.S. Special Forces Soldiers and members of Tanzania’s Marine Special Forces in eight weeks of side-by-side training.

The training involved, Small Unit tactics, Marksmanship, Medical treatment, Unit Manouvre, Laws of armed conflict as well as the preservation of human rights in combat.

 A similar Joint combined exchange training which was held in Abidjan, Ivory Coast in November 2019. During the JCET Green Berets of 3rd SFG(A) trained 30 Côte d’Ivoire Special Forces Soldiers in different shooting tactics and medical training. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Andrew Adaire via US Defense story)

Training sessions were meant to strengthen skills such as small unit tactics, marksmanship, medical treatment, unit maneuver, the Law of Armed Conflict, and the preservation of human rights in combat.

This was the second training exercise between Tanzanian and U.S. defense forces within the past nine months.

According to U.S. envoy to Tanzania, Ambassador Donald J. Wright, the increased frequency of the exercises is evidence of the importance that the U.S. places on its strong security cooperation with Tanzania.

“Security cooperation is a pillar of the U.S.-Tanzania bilateral relationship. Our 60-year partnership is based on shared values and mutual respect, and it continues to grow stronger every day,” Wright said.