UK gifts £1m Land Rover spare parts to Lebanese Army ~ parts will keep the LAF’s Land Rovers on the front line for the foreseeable future.
British Embassy New Release, Beirut, 26 May 2022: Rover Defender vehicles form the backbone of the LAF’s mobility the spare parts will keep the LAF’s Land Rovers on the front line for the foreseeable future.
As part of our continuing support and partnership with the Lebanese Armed Forces (LAF), through the UK’s Conflict and Stability Fund (CSSF), British Ambassador to Lebanon Dr. Ian Collard announced the gifting of Land Rover spares worth £1m to support the LAF in its mission to defend the security and stability of Lebanon.
In a handover ceremony organised at the Lebanese Army Logistical base in Kfarshima, Ambassador Collard oversaw the gifting of the Land Rover spare parts by the British Government. In attendance were Brigadier General Pilot Ziad Haykal, Deputy Chief of Staff for G4, representing the Armed Forces Commander, General Joseph Aoun, Brigadier General Ibrahim Abboud, Commander of the Logistics Brigade, British Defence Attaché Colonel Lee Saunders and Head of Security Programme Sarah Kronfol.
After the ceremony, Ambassador Collard said: “I am proud to be able to gift spare Land Rover parts worth £1m to contribute to the LAF’s resilience and operational readiness. The role of the Lebanese Armed Forces is crucial to safeguarding Lebanon and its people, particularly in these increasingly challenging times. A team of military mechanics from the UK’s 16 Air Assault Brigade is currently deployed to support LAF mechanics and maintenance facilities across Lebanon. Our continuing partnership will further enhance LAF resilience and readiness.”
Focussing on the Land Rover Defender vehicles that form the backbone of the LAF’s mobility, the UK team is working with the LAF to support routine maintenance and more complex mechanical repairs that will keep the LAF’s Land Rovers on the front line for the foreseeable future. Since 2010, the UK has committed over £85 million, through its Conflict, Security and Stability fund, allowing the LAF to optimise its capabilities, develop and modernise to become a respected, professional armed forces able to defend Lebanon and provide security along its border with Syria.
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