Work on Afghan officers’ academy underway as HERRICK 17 begins
A ceremony has taken place in Kabul marking the start of construction of an Afghan National Army Officer Academy (ANAOA) while, in Lashkar Gah, 4th Mechanized Brigade has officially taken command of Task Force Helmand.
The building of the future ANAOA, marked today, 10 October, by an earth-turning ceremony at its site in the Afghan capital, underlines the UK’s long-term commitment to a secure Afghanistan after combat operations cease.
Once fully operational, the ANAOA will train up to 1,350 male students and 150 female students each year. Based on a model resembling the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst, it will help to sustain the ongoing progress being made in building a capable and professional Afghan National Army. This work will take place during and after the transition of security responsibilities to the Afghan Government post-2014.
The event coincided with the transfer of authority between British brigades in Helmand with 4th Mechanized Brigade taking command of Task Force Helmand from 12th Mechanized Brigade which is now on its way home. The transfer of authority marks the start of Operation HERRICK 17 which will oversee the drawdown of 500 UK Service personnel already announced to take place by the end of this year.