Planning for the “African Lion 21” exercise is now underway. The continent’s largest military training exercise will take place shortly after a meeting held in Agadir between military planners from several countries.
Led by the US Army Southern Europe Africa Task Force, the African Lion is the US Africa Command’s first exercise. It is part of a multinational training mission with African partners and NATO allies.
SETAF-AF foreign zone officer Major James Guglielmi said the upcoming exercise extends beyond the scope of the 2021 training event.
“AL22 is the first joint multinational exercise in AFRICOM’s area of responsibility. It will be better and bigger than last year, and it will be the best exercise yet ”, did he declare.
Exercise African Lion will feature U.S. Army, Navy, Air Force and Marine Corps forces, as well as 20 different nations. The event is expected to take place in Morocco, Senegal and Ghana, and training will range from battalion-level operations to humanitarian and medical missions, as well as training of security forces.
African Lion is a joint all-field exercise on the African continent with strategic importance. The exercise is located at the intersection of four combat commands and key locations along the Mediterranean Sea, and is part of the USAFRICOM campaign plan. It functions as a platform to support interoperability between partner countries as well as to increase the influence of the United States in North Africa and the Sahel.