Prince William joins BATUK to see how British and Kenyan troops train together

Prince William at BATUK in Kenya
The Duke of Cambridge meets troops in Laikipia. Photo: Twitter/UKinKenya

Prince William arrived in Kenya today on the third leg of his African tour following visits to Namibia and Tanzania.

Prince William at BATUK in Kenya
Prince William a colonel in the Irish Guards, joined Number Two Company for a training session in Laikipia. Photo: Twitter/UKinKenya

Flying by helicopter to the British Army Training Unit (BATUK) base, the Duke of Cambridge met Kenya’s Defence Cabinet Secretary Raychelle Omamo and local politicians from Laikipia and Samburu with UK High Commissioner Nic Hailey.

Prince William at BATUK in Kenya
Prince William met local politicians during his visit to Laikipia. Photo: Twitter/UKinKenya

William, a colonel of the Irish Guards, wore his army unformed as he visited the regiment’s 1st Battalion the who are taking part in exercises in the country.

BATUK, a centre of excellence for light role training, are currently putting the Irish Guards through their paces on Exercise ASKSRI STORM in Laikipia. Their training exercises are designed to prepare British Light Role Forces for future commitments through the delivery of arduous, expeditionary and challenging training.

Prince William at BATUK in Kenya
The Duke of Cambridge is joined by High Commissioner Nic Hailey to see British and Kenyan troops training together. Photo: Twitter/UKinKenya

Training with the Irish Guards Battlegroup are an Infantry Company from the Kenyan Army and his Royal Highness saw how the British and Kenyan troops are training together to improve performance on operations, for the benefit of both countries.

Prince William at BATUK in Kenya
The Irish Guards Battlegroup included an infantry company from Kenya. Last year, the UK supported training for 5,000 Kenyan troops. Photo: Twitter/UKinKenya

Prince William’s latest 7-day African tour will begin on September 24 taking in Namibia, Tanzania and Kenya, in his role as president of umbrella organisation United for Wildlife and conservation body Tusk Trust.

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