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U.S., U.K. Transfer $9 Million of Peacekeeping Equipment to Tanzania for Darfur Mission
General William E. Ward, Commander of U.S. Africa Command, along with Diane Corner, the United Kingdom's High Commissioner to Tanzania, transferred $9 million worth of U.S. peacekeeping equipment to the Tanzania Peoples Defence Force (TPDF) on
DAR ES SALAAM, Tanzania - Larry Andre, U.S. Charge d'Affairs to Tanzania (left): Honorable Hussien Mwinyi, Tanzania Minister of Defense: and Diane Corner, U.K. High Commissioner, sign transfer documents during an African Contingency Operations Training and Assistance (ACOTA) ceremony on May 12, 2009. The governments of the United States and the United Kingdom transferred $9 million worth of peacekeeping equipment to the Tanzania People's Defence Force which will deploy a battalion in August to Sudan's Darfur region in support of peacekeeping operations there. ACOTA is a State Department-funded and managed initiative to improve African militaries' capabilities by providing selected training and equipment in support of peacekeeping operations. (Photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Daniel P. Lapierre, U.S. Africa Command)
4 photos: U.S. AFRICOM Photo
Photo 1 of 4: DAR ES SALAAM, Tanzania - Larry Andre, U.S. Charge d'Affairs to Tanzania (left): Honorable Hussien Mwinyi, Tanzania Minister of Defense: and Diane Corner, U.K. High Commissioner, sign transfer documents during an African Contingency Operations Training and Assistance (ACOTA) ceremony on May 12, 2009. The governments of the United States and the United Kingdom transferred $9 million worth of peacekeeping equipment to the Tanzania People's Defence Force which will deploy a battalion in August to Sudan's Darfur region in support of peacekeeping operations there. ACOTA is a State Department-funded and managed initiative to improve African militaries' capabilities by providing selected training and equipment in support of peacekeeping operations. (Photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Daniel P. Lapierre, U.S. Africa Command) Download full-resolution version
DAR ES SALAAM, Tanzania - Diane Corner, United Kingdom High Commissioner, gives a speech at an African Contingency Operations Training and Assistance (ACOTA) ceremony, while General William E. Ward (seated, right), commander of U.S. Africa Command, and soldiers of the Tanzania People's Defence Force (TPDF) look on, May 12, 2009. Prior to the ceremony, the governments of the United States and the United Kingdom transferred $9 million dollars worth of peacekeeping equipment to the TPDF which will deploy a battalion in August to Sudan's Darfur region in support of peacekeeping operations there. ACOTA is a U.S. State Department-funded and managed initiative to improve African militaries' capabilities by providing selected training and equipment in support of peacekeeping operations. (Photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Daniel P. Lapierre, U.S. Africa Command)
4 photos: U.S. AFRICOM Photo
Photo 2 of 4: DAR ES SALAAM, Tanzania - Diane Corner, United Kingdom High Commissioner, gives a speech at an African Contingency Operations Training and Assistance (ACOTA) ceremony, while General William E. Ward (seated, right), commander of U.S. Africa Command, and soldiers of the Tanzania People's Defence Force (TPDF) look on, May 12, 2009. Prior to the ceremony, the governments of the United States and the United Kingdom transferred $9 million dollars worth of peacekeeping equipment to the TPDF which will deploy a battalion in August to Sudan's Darfur region in support of peacekeeping operations there. ACOTA is a U.S. State Department-funded and managed initiative to improve African militaries' capabilities by providing selected training and equipment in support of peacekeeping operations. (Photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Daniel P. Lapierre, U.S. Africa Command) Download full-resolution version
DAR ES SALAAM, Tanzania - Service members from the Tanzania People's Defence Force (TPDF) watch as two soldiers exit an Armored Personnel Carrier (APC) as part of a demonstration for the Africa Contingency Operations Training and Assistance (ACOTA) program on May 12, 2009. During a ceremony in Dar es Salaam, the governments of the United States and the United Kingdom transferred $9 million worth of peacekeeping equipment to the TPDF which will deploy a battalion in August to Sudan's Darfur region in support of peacekeeping operations there. ACOTA is a State Department-funded and managed initiative to improve African militaries' capabilities by providing selected training and equipment in support of peacekeeping operations. (Photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Daniel P. Lapierre, U.S. Africa Command)
4 photos: U.S. AFRICOM Photo
Photo 3 of 4: DAR ES SALAAM, Tanzania - Service members from the Tanzania People's Defence Force (TPDF) watch as two soldiers exit an Armored Personnel Carrier (APC) as part of a demonstration for the Africa Contingency Operations Training and Assistance (ACOTA) program on May 12, 2009. During a ceremony in Dar es Salaam, the governments of the United States and the United Kingdom transferred $9 million worth of peacekeeping equipment to the TPDF which will deploy a battalion in August to Sudan's Darfur region in support of peacekeeping operations there. ACOTA is a State Department-funded and managed initiative to improve African militaries' capabilities by providing selected training and equipment in support of peacekeeping operations. (Photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Daniel P. Lapierre, U.S. Africa Command) Download full-resolution version
DAR ES SALAAM, Tanzania - Tanzania Minister of Defence Honorable Hussien Mwinyi speaks during a ceremony for the African Contingency Operations Training and Assistance (ACOTA) program on May 12, 2009. Prior to the ceremony, the governments of the United States and the United Kingdom transferred $9 million worth of peacekeeping equipment to the Tanzania People's Defence Force, which will deploy a battalion in August to Sudan's Darfur region in support of peacekeeping operations there. ACOTA is a State Department-funded and managed initiative to improve African militaries' capabilities by providing selected training and equipment in support of peacekeeping operations. (Photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Daniel P. Lapierre, U.S. Africa Command)
4 photos: U.S. AFRICOM Photo
Photo 4 of 4: DAR ES SALAAM, Tanzania - Tanzania Minister of Defence Honorable Hussien Mwinyi speaks during a ceremony for the African Contingency Operations Training and Assistance (ACOTA) program on May 12, 2009. Prior to the ceremony, the governments of the United States and the United Kingdom transferred $9 million worth of peacekeeping equipment to the Tanzania People's Defence Force, which will deploy a battalion in August to Sudan's Darfur region in support of peacekeeping operations there. ACOTA is a State Department-funded and managed initiative to improve African militaries' capabilities by providing selected training and equipment in support of peacekeeping operations. (Photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Daniel P. Lapierre, U.S. Africa Command) Download full-resolution version
DAR ES SALAAM, Tanzania - Larry Andre, U.S. Charge d'Affairs to Tanzania (left): Honorable Hussien Mwinyi, Tanzania Minister of Defense: and Diane Corner, U.K. High Commissioner, sign transfer documents during an African Contingency Operations Training and Assistance (ACOTA) ceremony on May 12, 2009. The governments of the United States and the United Kingdom transferred $9 million worth of peacekeeping equipment to the Tanzania People's Defence Force which will deploy a battalion in August to Sudan's Darfur region in support of peacekeeping operations there. ACOTA is a State Department-funded and managed initiative to improve African militaries' capabilities by providing selected training and equipment in support of peacekeeping operations. (Photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Daniel P. Lapierre, U.S. Africa Command)
DAR ES SALAAM, Tanzania - Diane Corner, United Kingdom High Commissioner, gives a speech at an African Contingency Operations Training and Assistance (ACOTA) ceremony, while General William E. Ward (seated, right), commander of U.S. Africa Command, and soldiers of the Tanzania People's Defence Force (TPDF) look on, May 12, 2009. Prior to the ceremony, the governments of the United States and the United Kingdom transferred $9 million dollars worth of peacekeeping equipment to the TPDF which will deploy a battalion in August to Sudan's Darfur region in support of peacekeeping operations there. ACOTA is a U.S. State Department-funded and managed initiative to improve African militaries' capabilities by providing selected training and equipment in support of peacekeeping operations. (Photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Daniel P. Lapierre, U.S. Africa Command)
DAR ES SALAAM, Tanzania - Service members from the Tanzania People's Defence Force (TPDF) watch as two soldiers exit an Armored Personnel Carrier (APC) as part of a demonstration for the Africa Contingency Operations Training and Assistance (ACOTA) program on May 12, 2009. During a ceremony in Dar es Salaam, the governments of the United States and the United Kingdom transferred $9 million worth of peacekeeping equipment to the TPDF which will deploy a battalion in August to Sudan's Darfur region in support of peacekeeping operations there. ACOTA is a State Department-funded and managed initiative to improve African militaries' capabilities by providing selected training and equipment in support of peacekeeping operations. (Photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Daniel P. Lapierre, U.S. Africa Command)
DAR ES SALAAM, Tanzania - Tanzania Minister of Defence Honorable Hussien Mwinyi speaks during a ceremony for the African Contingency Operations Training and Assistance (ACOTA) program on May 12, 2009. Prior to the ceremony, the governments of the United States and the United Kingdom transferred $9 million worth of peacekeeping equipment to the Tanzania People's Defence Force, which will deploy a battalion in August to Sudan's Darfur region in support of peacekeeping operations there. ACOTA is a State Department-funded and managed initiative to improve African militaries' capabilities by providing selected training and equipment in support of peacekeeping operations. (Photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Daniel P. Lapierre, U.S. Africa Command)
General William E. Ward, Commander of U.S. Africa Command, along with Diane Corner, the United Kingdom's High Commissioner to Tanzania, transferred $9 million worth of U.S. peacekeeping equipment to the Tanzania Peoples Defence Force (TPDF) on May 12, 2009, for an upcoming deployment to Darfur.

Items transferred included armored personnel carriers. The United Kingdom will help transport the equipment to peacekeeping duties.

"Partnerships like this will enable us to succeed," Ward said. "We are all bound by mutual goals to protect the people of our nations. Building security in our regions is no small deed, but we must learn to work together to achieve global security."

Lieutenant Colonel Ally Katimbe, commander of Tanzania Battalion, said, "It's a blessing we have received this equipment, now we can meet a hundred percent of our mission requirements."

Tanzania participates in the African Contingency Operations Training and Assistance (ACOTA) program, which has trained more than 95,000 soldiers from approximately 20 countries. The program, led by the U.S. Department of State and supported by U.S. AFRICOM, trains and equips militaries to help them build capacity for participating in peacekeeping mission.

"I am honored to participate in the ACOTA handover equipment ceremony," Ward said. "It's a tremendous accomplishment. I am proud to announce that the 1st Battalion of the Tanzania Defense Force will soon deploy."

Tanzania Battalion One made up of 164 men is scheduled to deploy to Darfur in early August. The Tanzanian soldiers will work with the United Nations and the African Union to provide security and stability to the region.

During her remarks, Corner, the U.K. High Commissioner, said, "The U.S. was responsible for the procurement of the equipment and training of the troops, the U.K was responsible for transporting the equipment." She also added, "We hope this will be a very significant success in the Tanzania deployment of Darfur. Working together we can bring peace to the country of Sudan."

During his remarks accepting the ACOTA equipment, Hussien Mwinyi, the Tanzanian minister of defense, said, "We have received significant support in the areas of education and military training." He told the Tanzanian troops, "We have these top priorities: Country, duty, and building security capacity."

Tanzania has been a leader in providing security for many countries in the region. TPDF members have helped to resolve conflicts in the Democratic Republic of Congo and have made contributions to missions in Burundi, Darfur, Comoros and other countries.
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