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U.S. Delivers 54 New Military Vehicles To Djibouti

The 54 humvees are part of a $31-million train-and-equip military partnership between the U.S. and Djibouti./ PHOTO: U.S. Embassy in Djibouti.

The United States this week delivered 54 new Humvees to Djibouti as part of a $31-million train-and-equip military partnership between the countries.

The U.S. Africa Command confirmed the arrival of the military vehicles, saying they “will be delivered to the Armed Forces of Djibouti for use by its Rapid Intervention Battalion.”

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“With the delivery of these vehicles, we will increase the capability of the (Rapid Intervention Battalion) to conduct mounted patrols and respond quickly to any mission,” Army Capt. Michael Simpson, who is leading the U.S. training effort in Djibouti, said in a statement.

AFRICOM said it considered Djibouti to be a key partner to the U.S. on security, regional stability and humanitarian efforts across the region.

The U.S. is not the only foreign power with a military base in the Horn of African country.

China also has a military logistics support base in the country, it’s first ever overseas military base.

The site was launched in August 2018 to help in humanitarian and peacekeeping efforts in Africa and West Asia. It will also be able to engage in rescue missions and naval exercises.

The Horn of Africa is one of the world’s most turbulent regions.

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