British army has permanent troops deployed in Kenya under BATUK mission


According to an article published by the "Medium.com" website, the British army has deployed many troops to Kenya whether for training or on operations in the form of short-term military training teams.
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British troops lead training for Kenyan Army personnel who will deploy to Somalia. (Picture source British Army)


The British Army Training Unit Kenya (BATUK) is a permanent training support unit based mainly in Nanyuki, north of Nairobi (also with a small element in Nairobi itself). The mission consists of around 100 permanent staff and a cohort of another 280 temporary personnel. BATUK employs 500+ full-time Kenyans and delivers over 60 projects to support the local community every year.

Some personnel at BATUK, which has one of the largest live-firing training areas used by the British military, stay for a six-month posting, while others spend two years there with their families.

Some personnel at BATUK, which has one of the largest live-firing training areas used by the British military, stay for a six-month posting, while others spend two years there with their families.

BATUK also hosts training exercises to put troops through their paces and ready them for deployment. Exercise Askari Storm aims to challenge soldiers in a hot arid environment, living in basic camps in the bush, a far cry from the comforts of life in the UK. This allows battalions to prove themselves battle-ready.

Due to the heat of Kenya, exercising units who are preparing to deploy to hotter climates are able to mimic highly realistic scenarios when completing their training.


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