Defense Conseil International (DCI) announced the completion of the NAVOPS training course for 16 officers from the Libyan Navy, following a closing ceremony held in Saint-Mandrier, France.
The main objective of the 20-month NAVOPS course was to assist the Libyan Navy in building a core of skills and knowledge for their officers enabling them to:
- Fulfill responsibilities ashore and at sea
- Command small seagoing units during basic missions
- Upgrade their control level in the field of logistics
To meet these expectations, an ambitious program was set up composed of English and scientific lessons, simulator training sessions (within the National Maritime College in Marseilles), one week on board the ALMAK, and lastly, an “operations” course provided at the DCI-NAVFCO training school in St Mandrier.
A military ceremony, chaired by the French Naval Instruction Centre command in Saint-Mandrier, was the occasion to award the trainees their insignia, designed especially for the event. Along with French military authorities, the Libyan Defense Attaché, DCI authorities, the instructors and DCI “support” team were also present. In his speech, the Libyan “batch leader” insisted on the results of these 20 months spent in France that, in everyone's opinion, exceeded all the trainees' expectations.
“This ceremony marks a milestone in the career path of these officers whose future task will be to restore their navy to life. “DCI, acting under the Ministry of Defense authority, has acquired 30 years of unique experience in pedagogical and technical assistance for foreign navies. The Libyan Navy entrusts us with training its future unit commanding officers. We are extremely pleased and are striving to make this fruitful partnership last” declared Vice Admiral (ret'd) Bruno NIELLY, Executive Vice-President of DCI-NAVFCO.
Created in 1972, DCI is an intermediate sized service company, in which the French government is the concurring shareholder. It operates throughout the defense and security spectrum.
Culturally close to the Ministry of Defense, DCI offers outsourcing services to foreign countries, for:
- Consulting and assistance throughout the life cycle of armament programs
- Training engineering, in the academic, operational and technical fields
DCI and its subsidiaries have been partners of the French Armed Forces for 10 years within the scope of service contracts and are endeavoring to extend their activities to European Union countries.