Tuesday, January 13, 2009

U.S. Government Provides Humvees to the Lebanese Armed Forces

January 13, 2009
On December 28, 2008, seventy-two Humvees provided by the U.S. Government arrived at the port of Beirut.  Twelve of these vehicles will be used as medical ambulances; each can carry three patients.  Maintenance and operation training for over forty Lebanese Armed Forces (LAF) personnel is part of the on-going assistance program.  The LAF has received 350 Humvees to date; 275 more will be delivered by the end of the year. 
The overall goal of U.S. military assistance to Lebanon is to strengthen the LAF and increase its capacity to defend Lebanon's borders.  Since 2006, the United States has allocated over $410 million to the LAF.  The United States is committed to building the capabilities of the LAF and it will continue to support the government of Lebanon and the LAF as they continue their efforts to safeguard the peace, unity and sovereignty of Lebanon.