Coast Guard conducts joint exercise with Britain [Archives:2006/957/Local News]

June 22 2006

ADEN, June 22 ) The Yemeni Coast Guard and the British Royal Navy wrapped up a joint exercise in Yemeni regional waters, 90km from Aden, yesterday.

The three-day exercise, which demonstrated the bilateral cooperation between Yemen and United Kingdom, aimed to enhance the capabilities of Yemeni Coast Guard to intercept enemy ships, fight terrorism and sea piracy, and conduct routine maritime activities.

A training course, under the supervision of British experts, for Coast Guard personnel preceded the exercise. Five small British warships participated in the exercise.

The British defense attache, Captain Phil Holihead, said that the joint exercise benefited Yemeni trainees. He pointed out that the two countries have plans to conduct more training courses with more participants and activities.

Finally, Holihead expressed his hope these exercises would enable the Yemeni Coast Guard to control the Yemeni coasts.