UNIFIL and LAF conduct live firing exercise

UNIFIL peacekeepers deploy during Steel Storm, the five-day joint live firing exercise with LAF.

Lebanese Armed Forces (LAF) Deputy Chief of Staff Brigadier General Mohammed Janbay, UNIFIL Head of Mission and Force Commander Major General Michael Beary, and LAF Intelligence Chief (Southern region) Brigadier General Khodor Hammoud watch Steel Storm, the joint live firing exercise between UNIFIL and LAF.

A UNIFIL Spanish peacekeeper watches as a UNIFIL armoured patrol carrier shoots targets at sea during the Steel Storm exercise.

LAF soldiers work together during the Steel Storm the joint live firing exercise with UNIFIL held for five days in Naqoura.

UNIFIL peacekeepers in action during Steel Storm, the five-day joint live firing exercise with UNIFIL and LAF.

Steel Storm is a five-day joint training exercise between UNIFIL and the LAF. It involves live firing.

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8 Feb 2017

UNIFIL and LAF conduct live firing exercise

The United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL) and the Lebanese Armed Forces (LAF) today carried out a joint exercise combining armoured assets, machine gun and small arms live fire in an area one kilometre south of the UNIFIL Headquarters in Naqoura, southern Lebanon.

The exercise, named “Steel Storm,” is one of several joint exercises, conducted regularly between the LAF and UNIFIL peacekeepers. It strives to improve the skills and expertise of the two forces, maintain their efficiency and mutual knowledge, train on the procedures of execution of fire support, establish the appropriate coordination mechanism and liaise at all levels between LAF and UNIFIL.

The exercise was led by the UNIFIL Force Commander Reserve (FCR/French) and LAF’s 5th Brigade elements, 7th brigade elements and 5th intervention regiment. The live firing was also conducted by UNIFIL specialized units from Slovenian, Spanish and French contingents constituting each sector and the FCR.

Today’s exercise, witnessed by senior UNIFIL and LAF officials, involved a dynamic presentation of the two forces’ respective infantry and armoured assets. Dozens of machine gun rounds were fired at targets located off the coastline. The targets were located at sea in order to minimize disturbance to the population.

Lebanese Navy ships, supported by UNIFIL Maritime Task Force, ensured safety at sea.


Video Editor: Mohammad Hamze
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Photo: Pasqual Gorriz