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FAR and US Army enter 6-year joint program to counter chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear threats

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FAR and US Army enter 6-year joint program to counter chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear threats

The US-Moroccan relationship continues to grow stronger, and our exceptional military relationship has only grown stronger in recent weeks and months.

RABAT, Morocco, September 28, 2021 / Groupe APO / –

The Moroccan armed forces are now a regional leader in the fight against chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear threats, following a six-year $ 16 million program with the United States Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA) which officially ended with a ceremony today in Kénitra.

The Weapons of Mass Destruction Security Cooperation (CWMD) Engagement Program trained a FAR company to detect, identify and secure chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear (CBRN) hazards, using the most common equipment. more advanced available. During more than a dozen joint training activities over the past six years, the program has also prepared FAR personnel to conduct mass decontamination operations, as well as provide emergency medical care. . This work consolidates Morocco’s role in preventing the proliferation of WMD and the illicit transfer of related materials. It also allows the FAR to deploy quickly, both inside Morocco and throughout the region, to deal with a CBRN emergency.

“The relationship between the United States and Morocco continues to grow stronger, and our exceptional military relationship has only grown stronger in recent weeks and months, thanks to joint training programs like this one,” said U.S. Embassy charge d’affaires David Greene, who attended the ceremony at the FAR CBRN Company headquarters in Kenitra.

Last week, U.S. and Moroccan military personnel participated in Maroc Mantlet, the Kingdom’s first disaster planning and preparedness exercise. They also completed an intensive four-week explosion risk management training program.

“Since 2015, Morocco has been one of our most important partners in Africa, working side-by-side with US military personnel to acquire the skills and tools necessary to protect against a range of potential threats,” Ben said. A. Cacioppo, Director of DTRA. Regional Attaché. “The FAR have already demonstrated their capabilities in military exercises – including African Lion, the largest annual military exercise on the continent – showing that they are fully interoperable with US and NATO forces fighting against chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear threats.

During the last African Lion exercise, in June, the FAR worked alongside a Senegalese CBRN unit in the port of Agadir, thus expanding its regional response capacities.

The FAR CBRN Company will continue to partner with other U.S. organizations, including the Utah National Guard State Partnership Program, NATO, and other African countries, such as Senegal and the Kenya, who have both completed the CWMD Security Cooperation Engagement Program. Through these relationships, the FAR can ensure that their critical CBRN response capability stays ahead of emerging threats.

DTRA worked closely with Morocco to enable and refine the overall FAR response plan against CBRN threats. In recent days, a DTRA team has reviewed FAR standard operating procedures and confirmed the operational status of all equipment.

Morocco participates each year in more than 100 military engagements with American forces. It is home to African Lion and is a major partner in US international military education and training programs and foreign military sales.

For more information on DTRA’s efforts to work with Morocco and other regional partners, visit DTRA.mil or contact the press section of the U.S. Embassy in Morocco.

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