The Ethiopian government has announced the revival of its defunct naval forces that were disbanded several decades ago. Ethiopia is a landlocked country in the East African region.
Abiy Ahmed, the country’s Prime Minister has made the announcement to re-establish the forces during a meeting with officials from Ethiopia National Defense Forces. “Following the efforts made to build the capacity of our national defense, we built one of the stronger ground and air forces in Africa,” Fana Abiy as saying on Friday. “We should build our naval force capacity in the future.”
While the nitty-gritty of the location of the naval base and when it would be established are still in the logistical phase and would soon be announced. The country has trained hundreds of marine engineers and electro-technical graduates since the inception of the Ethiopian Maritime Training Institute on Lake Tana.
The institution trains more than 500 marine engineers and electro-technical officers each year. According to the Institution’s Website, it plans to increase this to more than 1,000 officers annually.
Ethiopia had a navy up to the early 1990s when the independence of Eritrea left Ethiopia landlocked and prompted the Ethiopian government to disband the navy.