The government of United States delivered 54 new Humvees to Djibouti as part of a $31-million train-and-equip military partnership between the countries.
In a statement, the U.S. Africa Command said the vehicles were delivered to Djibouti 7 months ahead of schedule to the Armed Forces of Djibouti (FAD) for use by its Rapid Intervention Battalion (RIB), an advanced infantry battalion being trained and equipped by the U.S. military.
The shipment of the new military vehicles arrived in Djibouti City, Djibouti, this week.
“The U.S. offers our partners, like Djibouti, a unique partnership by investing in their security and economy for the people of Djibouti,” said Air Force Brig. Gen. Steven deMilliano, U.S. Africa Command (AFRICOM) deputy director of strategy, engagement, and programs.
The $31 million train-and-equip partnership, facilitated by U.S. Embassy Djibouti, U.S. Africa Command, U.S. Army Africa and Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa, reflects the strong, enduring and cooperative relationship enjoyed by the United States and the Republic of Djibouti.
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 key to maintaining a trusted partner is through transparency and reliability” said deMilliano. “We are committed to strengthening the defense capability of our Djiboutian partners while ensuring timely and desired support. This delivery, seven months ahead of schedule, demonstrates the capacity and the commitment of the U.S to its partners across the world.”