UNIFIL / LIVE FIRE EXERCISE

14-Jun-2021 00:02:32
A five-day joint military exercise between UNIFIL peacekeepers and Lebanese Armed Forces (LAF) using live ammunition concluded on Friday in an open field south of UNIFIL Headquarters in Naqoura. The “Steel Storm” drill, led by UNIFIL’s Force Commander’s Reserve (FCR) and conducted between the two forces twice a year, involved armored assets, machine gun and small arms live fire. UNIFIL
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STORY: UNIFIL / LIVE FIRE EXERCISE
TRT: 2:32
SOURCE: UNIFIL
RESTRICTIONS: NONE
LANGUAGE: ENGLISH /NATS

DATELINE: 11 JUNE 2021, NAQOURA, LEBANON
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1.Wide shot, LAF and UNIFIL armored vehicles passing
2.Pan right, troops running across a field
3.Med shot, LAF APC firing from top-mounted gun
4.Wide shot, LAF and UNIFIL APCs firing
5.Close up, LAF solder mounted on APC
6.Med shot, UNIFIL tank firing
7.SOUNDBITE (English) Col. Enrique Biosca Ponce,UNIFIL Deputy Chief of Staff:
“So, the exercise is really important for us because we can train not only the live exercising, but also all the coordination tools with LAF, and to train the confidence of the troops using the weapons and coordinating with the partners.”
8.Wide shot, UNIFIL peacekeepers carrying a “victim” across a field
9.Med shot, peacekeepers arrive at UNIFIL APC with the “victim”
10.Med shot, a peacekeeper and a LAF officers coordinating
11.Wide shot, soldiers in trench
12.SOUNDBITE (English) Col. Enrique Biosca Ponce,UNIFIL Deputy Chief of Staff: “So the exercise consists of five days of live firing. Each day has a rigid schedule for the battalions and the units that are using the firing range with all the safety measures possible to make it as safe as possible.”
13.Med shot, peacekeepers jumping out of an APC
14.Med shot, medical APC passing by
15.Wide shot, convoy of LAF and UNIFIL APCs passing
16.SOUNDBITE (English) Col. Enrique Biosca Ponce,UNIFIL Deputy Chief of Staff: “Our strategic counterpart in the mission is the Lebanese Armed Forces, so we need to train and coordinate every action with them and this is a good opportunity to train this kind of coordination measures in this exercise.”
17.Med shot, LAF APC firing
18.Med shot, peacekeepers entering a vehicle
19.Wide shot, UNIFIL vehicle leaving
20.Wide shot, UNIFIL tank firing
STORYLINE
A five-day joint military exercise between UNIFIL peacekeepers and Lebanese Armed Forces (LAF) using live ammunition concluded on Friday (11 Jun) in an open field south of UNIFIL Headquarters in Naqoura. The “Steel Storm” drill, led by UNIFIL’s Force Commander’s Reserve (FCR) and conducted between the two forces twice a year, involved armored assets, machine gun and small arms live fire.

Throughout this week’s exercise, LAF troops were joined by UNIFIL peacekeepers from FCR (Finland and France), Sector West (Ghana, the Republic of Korea, Malaysia, Poland, Ireland and Italy) and Sector East (India, Indonesia, Nepal and Spain).
LAF’s 5th Brigade elements, 7th brigade elements and 5th intervention regiment participated in the exercise throughout the week.

Under Security Council Resolution 1701, which forms the core of UNIFIL’s current mandate, the UN mission supports the LAF, which is the main provider of security and stability in south Lebanon. One of the ways it does this is through coordinated activities, like this week’s drill.

Coordinated activities help build capacity and help the LAF and UNIFIL better work together to maintain security in the south. These activities improve skills and expertise, maintain efficiency and mutual knowledge, train on fire support procedures, establish appropriate coordination mechanisms, and ensure effective liaising at all levels.

While welcoming the expansion of coordinated activities between the two forces, the UN Security Council last year called for “further enhancement of this cooperation.”
In 2020 alone, a total of 1,070 coordinated activities – including exercises, training programmes and workshops – were carried out both on land and at sea.

During this week’s “Steel Storm” exercise, limiting any potential disturbance to the local population was a priority. Lebanese Navy ships supported by the UNIFIL Maritime Task Force ensured safety at sea.
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