The Ghana Armed Forces (GAF) and the United Kingdom (UK) Joint Counter Terrorist Training Team (JCTTAT) have commenced a five-week counter terrorism course at the Teshie Gallery Range from Monday, 29 October to Tuesday, 27 November 2018.
The Course code named “Project Karel” aimed at building the capacity of Ghanaian troops in conventional counter terrorism and was supervised by the Joint Counter Terrorist Training and Advisory Team.
Flight Lieutenant (Flt Lt) Shelton who commands the UK team said that the course which commenced in 2015 was organized bi-annually to train personnel of the 64 Infantry Regiment and the Airborne Force of GAF on Counter terrorism. He added that participants were taken through Advance Marksmanship, Close Quarter Battle (CQB), Improvised Explosive Device (IED) Awareness and Medical trainings.
Flt Lt Shelton was proud to state that over the period, the first few Ghanaian troops trained in CQB had taken over the training of their colleagues in other Units stressing that instructors had combined what they had learnt with good teaching practices.
In all 21 participants were drawn from the Airborne Force, Tamale with an eight 8 member team from the UK Royal Army, Navy, Air Force and Medical units.
At the closing ceremony, trainees demonstrated various drills taught in CQB in clearing terrorists from built up areas.