When the international peacekeeping mission in Somalia faced serious equipment, deployment and sustainability challenges, DI was engaged to support Somalia Peacekeeping Operations, and African Union (AU) logistics operations. Our seasoned professionals, working together with local, national and regional personnel and businesses, provided a wide range of rapid-response ground and air deployment, sustainment and operational support services, including extensive maintenance of the equipment fleet. The provision and management of long-range supply chain operations, equipment maintenance, construction, medical evacuation and training successfully sustained the first UN/AU-approved peacekeeping forces in Somalia in 12 years.
More than 12,000 AU peacekeepers were moved into or out of Somalia; more than 15 million pounds of cargo transported by air, rail and sea; and more than 280 air sorties flown into Mogadishu and the region on DI-operated aircraft. In addition we provided maintenance support for the equipment fleet comprised of approximately 1,200 items including armored vehicles; light to large trucks; heavy mechanical handling and construction equipment; marine craft (RHIBs); assorted trailers; and an extensive range of generator sets, refrigeration units, ROWPUs and water pumps.
Throughout the program, DI operated a large vendor network throughout Somalia and Africa. Partnerships with local businesses accomplished the mission and contributed to economic development, capacity building, stability, improved cultural relations and risk mitigation.