The recent successful trip by Somalia’s President Farmaajo to the United Arab Emirates the construction of a naval base in a semi-autonomous region of northern Somalia has started. The development is in line with the resolutions made by the two governments to increase cooperation both in the security and economic arenas.
The facility built on the port of Berbera is expected to be completed by June next year. Berbera is a very strategic location as it is located on the Gulf of Aden, 260 kilometres (162 miles) south of Yemen, where UAE troops in a Saudi Arabia-led coalition are battling Houthi rebels.
The Somaliland naval base will include a 300-metre L-shaped inland berthing port with a depth of 7 metres “to support the military airport,” accommodating naval vessels to patrol the Gulf of Aden, according to Darwish.
The naval base will not only enhance security on the Gulf of Aden but also strengthen the security of Somalia and her military connections with the Gulf countries. Moreover, it comes at a very appropriate time when Somalia is seeking help from all her allies to mount a major attack against the al Shabaab militants.