The United States has delivered 21 vehicles, worth more than $1 million, to Morocco’s Special Forces.
The US military’s Africa Command said the vehicles were handed over to the Moroccan Forces Armées Royale Special Operations Company (MSOF) on 6 May – the culmination of three years of close cooperation to train and equip the MSOF company through an $18 million grant.
Photos released by the US Embassy in Morocco revealed that the vehicles were Toyota Land Cruiser models. They appear to have been delivered with containers of spare parts.
This delivery of vehicles marks a critical step to enhance the company’s capacity to conduct special operations and internal company command and control by the end of this year, the US military said. The US Embassy’s Office of Security Cooperation and the Utah National Guard have established a relationship with the MSOF since training first began in 2017, with numerous combined training events occurring each year in Tifnit as well as other locations.
Colonel Abderrahim Maddah, Post Commander of the FAR Southern Zone Training Center in Tifnit, met with the Senior Defense Official of the US Embassy, Col. Kenneth Gjone, to complete the transfer.
“While this delivery marks the completion of this multi-year security cooperation project with Morocco, the military-military relationship between our two great countries is already strong and will continue to grow over the coming years,” said Gjone.
The MSOF has extensive training experience with multiple US Special Operations units. “MSOF operators have earned an outstanding reputation through numerous training exercises. Most recently, the Commander of US Special Operations Command Africa, US Air Force Brigadier General Dagvin Anderson, lauded their exceptional performance during the multinational Exercise Flintlock 2020 in Mauritania,” the US military said.
“It’s never lost on us that in 1777, as the United States fought for independence, Morocco emerged as the first country to recognize our new nation,” said US Air Force Brigadier General Steven deMilliano, Deputy Director, Strategy, Engagement, and Programmes Directorate, United States Africa Command. “Our friendship, established over two centuries ago, remains strong with Morocco, a premiere security partner, providing regional leadership through exercises, training programs, and counterterrorism cooperation. This vehicle transfer demonstrates our mutual commitment and shared values.”
“We applaud the professionalism, discipline, and dedication of the Moroccan Royal Armed Forces under the leadership of His Majesty King Mohammed VI and Inspector General Abdelfatah Louarak,” said US Ambassador to Morocco David T. Fischer, “and we are proud to partner with Morocco in the development of the Moroccan Special Operations Company.”