The Namibian Air Force hosted the Final Planning Conference for Exercise Blue Kunene at Von Bach Dam in Okahandja from 04- 06 July 2017. The conference was held to make final touches on the plans for the upcoming Exercise.
Exercise Blue Kunene is in conformity with Article 13 of the African Union, Protocol Relating to the Establishment of the Peace and Security Council which established the African Standby Force, highlighting the functional aspects of the African Standby Force as being the facilitator of “Humanitarian Assistance to alleviate the suffering of civilian population in conflict areas and support efforts to address major natural disasters”. The Exercise is conducted under the auspices of the Standing Aviation Committee (SAC) of the SADC - Inter State Defence and Security Committee (ISDSC).
The humanitarian exercise is conducted rotationally in all the 15 SADC member states after every two years. The first SADC Air Force exercise code named Exercise Blue Cluster was held in the Republic of South Africa in 2011. The second one, Exercise Blue Zambezi was held in Angola in 2013 and was followed by Exercise Blue Okavango held in Botswana in 2015. The Namibian Air Force has participated in all three SADC military aviation exercises.
The conference was attended by delegates from Southern African Development Community (SADC) Air Forces/ Air Arms, Air Wings and other stakeholders, such as Office of the Prime Minister, Ministries of Education, Safety and Security, Health and Social Services, Information, and Communication Technology, Home Affairs and Immigration and the Namibia Red Cross Society.