United States Military in conjunction with Malawi Defence Force (MDF) and partner nations will hold the Southern Accord 2016 which brings together partner nations to practice and demonstrate proficiency in conducting peacekeeping and disaster relief operations scenarios.
According to a press release made available to Malawi News Agency (Mana), a command post exercise (CPX) will be held in Salima, Malawi, from August 1 to 12, and a disaster relief table top exercise (TTX) in Lilongwe from August 8 to 10 2016.
The statement reads: “Southern accord is an annual joint military exercise that brings together Southern Africa Development Community (Sadc) partner nations and US army Africa to conduct operational planning for the United Nation/Africa Union mandated operation in the Democratic Republic of Congo.”
“This exercise will consist of one week of classroom-based academics, one week of command post-training exercise and a table top exercise simultaneously,” reads the statement.
It further says the goal of Southern Accord 2016 is to increase interoperability and build capacity between US and African militaries while cementing partnerships built from previous Southern Accord exercises.
Once the exercise is complete, all exercise participants will return to their home countries and stations.
Nearly 250 military personnel from 10 nations are expected to participate in this year’s exercise.