Friday, October 23, 2009

U.S. Assistance Improves Lebanese Armed Forces’ Coastal Patrolling, Medical Evacuation, Transportation and Fire Fighting Capability

During the past two weeks, the United States provided several significant deliveries of equipment to the Lebanese Armed Forces (LAF). Specifically, the Navy was given 8 Rigid Hulled Inflatable Boats which are specially suited for coastal patrolling and counter-smuggling operations. The U.S. also contributed 9 Humvee ambulances and 60 Humvee tactical military vehicles. Lastly, the U.S. delivered a fire truck to the LAF to assist in fighting fires on military bases.

The overall goal of U.S. military assistance to Lebanon is to strengthen the LAF and increase its capacity to defend Lebanon’s borders and sovereignty. Since 2006, the United States has allocated over $524 million to the LAF. The United States is committed to building the capabilities of the LAF and it will continue to support the government of Lebanon and the Lebanese Armed Forces as they continue their efforts to safeguard the peace, unity and sovereignty of Lebanon.