U.S. Marines are teaching Benin National Surveillance Police students special tactics to support efforts countering illicit trafficking on the country's borders, according to the Department of Defense.
Marines and U.S. Navy sailors are in the small West African nation as a part of Security Cooperation Team-3, Special-Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force Crisis Response-Africa. At the request of Benin’s government, U.S. forces are teaching small-unit infantry and patrol tactics to the police students. The training includes also includes martial arts and physical fitness.
U.S. forces are conducting the training with Benin National Surveillance Police students in the coastal city of Cotonou, about an hour from the country’s capital of Porto-Novo.