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UPDF 2 INFANTRY DIVISION

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Last updated Jan 15, 2016

Even when the Marines in the early days of the resistance struggle, maritime safety and security of the NRA’s Chairman High Command, are some the greatest achievements of the UPDF Marines.

 

The UPDF Marines has been a critical enabler to UPDF and other AU Forces in the conduct of peace support operations in Somalia. In March 2007, when UPDF deployed in Somalia under the African Union Mission in Somalia, aircraft and ships to sustain the mission were under attack by the opposing forces of the Islamic Courts. The Islamic militants in a span of two weeks attacked two AU charted Antonov aircraft. To take away the threats to the sustainment of AU Forces and to keep communication lines open, the CIC of the UPDF directed the deployment of a UPDF Marine component that reversed everything in favour of the UPDF, which was the only AU force deployed at the time.

 

Today, the UPDF Marines conducts interdiction operations and coastal patrols in littorals of the Indian Ocean off coast of Mogadishu. The creation of a safe and secure environment for supply, replenishment and sustainment by air and water after the deployment of UPDF Marine component, will go into our history as one of the strategic accomplishments of our Marines. 

 

The UPDF Marines has conducted several search and rescue operations successfully. On 22 March 2014, the detachment at Ntoroko rescued 45 Congolese refugees and retrieved 110 bodies using own detachment resources. In November 2015 the UPDF Marines rescued, a lady at Owen falls dam, Jinja. There many incidents that occur on our water bodies where the UPDF Marines has come as part of either interagency or at a unit level to respond to distress call for search and rescue.

 

In training, the UPDF Marines has achieved a lot. The training covers combat water survival skills, boat driving and maintenance. This is because we believe in training of not less the best. True like the Chinese say that “When planning for a year, plant corn. When planning for a decade, plant trees. When planning for life, train and educate people”. The UPDF Marines plans for life through training.