Africom commander conducts visit to Manda Bay


US Army General Stephen Townsend, commander, US Africa Command, conducted a visit to Cooperative Security Location, Manda Bay, Kenya, on 16 January, to meet with US commanders and forces supporting security and training in the region.

Townsend and other senior US Africa Command leaders have made several trips to Kenya to strengthen partnerships, assess security, facilities, and enhancements made at the location, as well as recognize the mutual benefits of ongoing US military training with Kenyan Defence Forces, Africa Command said. “US Africa Command remains committed to East African partner nations and mindful of mutual threats.”

“Our forces in East Africa are focused and recognize the threats we face. We remain ready to help our partners and able to respond to any threat to US interests in the region,” Townsend said.

Over the past year, substantial enhancements have been made to physical security and more stringent force protection procedures have been implemented, recognizing the enduring threat al Shabaab and other violent extremist organizations present to the US and African partner nations, Africom said.

“US Africa Command and Kenya have a long and unwavering commitment to working together to enhance the two nations’ military interoperability. The US and East Africa partners share a common enemy in al-Shabaab.”

“Al-Shabaab is a brutal enemy and a dangerous threat to America and Africa,” said Townsend. “We continue to work closely with our partners to degrade al-Shabaab’s ability to conduct operations and spread violence. America’s and Africa’s security depends on it.”

Townsend also travelled to Kenya in December to reinforce US Africa Command’s commitment and discuss broad East Africa cooperation, security, training, and force protection efforts with US and Kenyan defence officials. Townsend also met with US troops serving at CSL Manda Bay.