On 16 October, 21 new personnel were received by LtCol Simon Dine, Commanding officer of the Seychelles Coast Guard (SCG), to commence their basic maritime training. This foundational maritime programme was first implemented this year in collaboration between EUCAP Nestor and SCG with the first batch of personnel graduating the course on 22 August.
The training course is scheduled to run for 8 weeks, thus compressed in time while more intense compared to the first course held earlier this year. The 21 new privates will undergo rigorous training classes, including modules such as Maritime Domain Awareness, Seychelles maritime regulations and legislation, seamanship and navigation, maritime safety and security as well as marine engineering and evidence handling at sea. As for the first course, the training team will be composed of Seychelles Coast Guard instructors, EUCAP NESTOR facilitators, local as well as external experts.
“This Training will benefit from the experience acquired during the first course. It will be shorter and more practical than theoretical. It has been tailored to train a certain number of personnel that will be deployed rapidly on board the growing fleet of the SCG. I am confident it will be as successful as the previous one” said Commander Giulio Piroddi, EUCAP Nestor Maritime Expert, from the Italian Coast Guard.
“The second run of this basic training course reflects the success of the concept that has already become a regular feature of SCG annual training programme. Thanks to the excellent cooperation with the SCG and the flexibility of the training framework, the course has been adjusted to align training with operational requirements in the best possible way and according to the needs” said Head of EUCAP Nestor Country Office, Bo Holtse.
EUCAP Nestor is a civilian mission, under the Common Security and Defense Policy of the European Union, which assists countries in the Horn of Africa and the Western Indian Ocean (Somalia, Djibouti, Seychelles, Tanzania) in strengthening their capacity to ensure maritime security and in particular to fight piracy