UNIFIL, LAF in combined live fire exercise, 05 September 2012
(Joint Press Release - LAF and UNIFIL)
The United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL) and the Lebanese Armed Forces (LAF) yesterday conducted a combined live firing exercise in southern Lebanon.
Units from UNIFIL's "Force Commander Reserve" and LAF South Litani Sector took part in the exercise named "Steel Storm" in an area about one kilometer south of UNIFIL Headquarters in Naqoura.
The aim of the exercise is to train on the procedures of execution of fire support, establish the appropriate coordination mechanism and liaise at all levels between LAF and UNIFIL.
This joint exercise replaces "Neptune Thunder" which was an artillery live firing exercise that was conducted on a regular basis by UNIFIL and LAF artillery units. "Steel Storm" exercise is the first to involve infantry units firing with weapons from various armored vehicles.
UNIFIL Force Commander Major-General Paolo Serra stressed the importance of cooperation and coordination between UNIFIL and LAF, saying the exercise falls in the context of enhancing these combined efforts: "This exercise provides an opportunity to expand coordination and cooperation between UNIFIL and LAF in line with Strategic Review priorities and recommendations".
Limiting any potential disturbance to the local population and the environment was a priority during the planning for this exercise, as was the case with "Neptune Thunder" exercises. To this end, the targets were located at sea.
The safety at sea was provided by Lebanese Navy ships supported by the UNIFIL Maritime Task Force.
For further information, please contact the UNIFIL Public Information Office
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