Senior British Army officers pay visit to BATUK

Sir Nick Carter and Sergeant Major Glenn Haughton in Kenya
Sir Nick Carter (left) and Sergeant Major Glenn Haughton (right) have been visiting BATUK in Kenya. Photo: Twitter/ArmySgtMajor

Army Sergeant Major Glenn Haughton MBA and Chief of the General Staff of the British Army General Sir Nick Carter have visited the British Army Training Unit Kenya (BATUK) at Archers Post.

Posting about the visit on Twitter, Sergeant Major Haughton said: “Good to see 3 PARA, members of 1RGR and permanent and temporary staff. Some hard graft put in by everyone in some austere and testing conditions.”

BATUK is a training support unit of the British Army located in Kenya under long-standing cooperative agreements with the East African country.

The UK Ministry of Defence’s Defence Cooperation Agreement with the Kenyan Government allows up to six British infantry battalions (10,000 service personnel) per year to carry out four-week exercises in Kenya’s arid Great Rift Valley. As the ruggedness of Terrain in Laikipia County is unavailable in the UK, Kenya offers a unique opportunity for British soldiers to gain skills through training.

In addition to BATUK, three Royal Engineers squadrons carry out civil engineering projects, while two medical company group deployments provide primary health care assistance to the civilian community.

Britain also offers substantial training opportunities in the UK to members of the Kenyan Military and conducts joint exercises with the Kenya Defence Forces.

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