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Envisaged Roles of the UPDF Marines

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Envisaged Roles of the UPDF Marines

Last updated Jan 15, 2016

Despite the fact that the Uganda Army in 1970’s and the Uganda National Liberation Army in the 1980’s had a component of the Marines headquartered at Bugolobi flats, the National Resistance Army has been an important factor that has shaped the character and conduct of the UPDF Marines.

 

 Much of the history and core roles of marine forces in Uganda are traceable in the war of resistance from 1981. Gen Kutesa in his book “Uganda’s Revolutions 1979-1986: How I saw it” dedicates an entire chapter titles “Seven Men in a Boat” to reflect the marine roles during the bush war.

 

Thus, Gen Kutesa notes that movement of the NRA Chairman High Command (CHC) to Nairobi then could have been possible by land or by water, each of which had advantages and disadvantages. The NRA leadership opted to use water thus the importance of the Marines.

 

Clearly, maritime safety, security and transport of the Chairman High Command were roles Marines contributed to during the liberation of Uganda.

Today, the UPDF Marines conducts similar roles, namely, maritime safety, security and transport of VVIPs over our waterways, the very roles we inherited during the resistance struggle. 

 

Secondly, the UPDF Marines protects vital installations and assets such as Entebbe International Airport against waterborne threats, power stations, Hotel and Tourism industry and Oil exploration.

Peace, security and stability will enable Uganda achieve the goals enshrined in the vision 2040.

The UPDF Marines also augments the UPDF in consolidation of national defence and security.

 

Of the militias in the DRC, most notorious is the Allied Democratic Forces (ADF), which may use Lakes Mwitanzige and Rwitanzigye to advance terrorist activities on the people of Uganda. However, the presence of a well prepared UPDF Marines guarantees safety, peace, security and stability of Uganda.

 

Search and Rescue is another role the UPDF Marines has performed very well. However, our actions have only been reactive.

We believe in the approach of “prevention being better than cure”, which can be achieved through determination, articulation and sanitization of safety standards. This will ensure that our people have life jackets, do not overload boats and have boats that meet safety standards.

 

Disaster response is another area that UPDF Marines is prepared to offer. In an era of global warming, the severity of weather effects makes some parts of Uganda vulnerable to floods. Severe rains wash away bridges and response to the consequences because of these acts of God varies from situation to situation. Flooded villages, roads, bridges etc all require unique solutions.

The CDF, Gen Katumba Wamala has directed the Marines to design and develop affordable rafts to alleviate the effects of floods.