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THE REPUBLIC OF SIERRA LEONE ARMED FORCES (RSLAF) - BRIGADES...

The mission of the Infantry Brigades is to maintain the security of Sierra Leone borders within Brigade boundaries from both external and internal threats, the latter being in achieved in support of the Sierra Leone Police (SLP), in order to set the security situation for sustainable development in the country.

The Infantry Brigades provide effective command and control (C2) for their Infantry Battalions in order to enable the Joint Force Command (JFC) to execute the RSLAF’s defence missions and tasks with the sole aim of fulfilling our constitutional role to safeguard the sovereignty and territorial integrity of the State.

The Battalions conduct their activities in line with the Brigades’ concepts of operations taking cognizance of the JFC’s concept of operations. Each Battalion operates one or two Forward Patrol Bases (FPBs) which serve as the eyes and ears of the Brigades.

The Brigades and Battalions support close contacts with host local authorities through routine security coordination meetings known as Provincial Security Committees (PROSECs), District Security Committees (DISECs) and Chiefdom Security Committees (CHISECs).
The RSLAF comprises three (3) Infantry Brigades; namely:

  • 3 Infantry Brigade

  • 4 Infantry Brigade

  • 5 Infantry Brigade

  • Each Brigade maintains a Brigade Battle School (BBS) for the routine training of its battalions. The main tasks of the Brigades are:

  • Training in line with the JFC Training Cycle.

  • Conduct border control operations jointly with the SLP.

  • Carry out standing and emergency MACP tasks in support of the SLP.

  • THE BRIGADES AND THEIR CONSTITUENT BATTALIONS

    3 Infantry Brigade
    3 Infantry Brigade (former Freetown Garrison) has its HQs in Tinma Barracks, Murray Town (Freetown) and covers the Western Area and North-West of the country. Its constituent Battalions and Stations are:

  • 5 Battalion (aka Freetown Defence Battalion) located at Wilberforce Barracks.

  • 15 Battalion located at Lungi Barracks

  • 11 Battalion located at Kambia.

  • Cockerill Station in Freetown

  • Juba Station at Juba Barracks

  • Murray Town Station at Tinma Barracks

  • Due to its strategic location at the capital city (the seat of government), 3 Brigade is referred to as the centre of gravity. The Brigade has FPBs at Tower Hill in Freetown; and Yumkelia, Kukuna and Fodia in Kambia District. It also maintains Quick Reaction Forces (QRF) at Cockerill and Wellington.

    4 Infantry Brigade
    4 Infantry Brigade which has its HQs in Teko Barracks (Makeni) is responsible for the rest of the North and South-East of the country. It commands three (3) battalions; namely:
  • 4 Battalion in Teko Barracks

  • 9 Battalion in Kono

  • 12 Battalion in Kabala.

  • 5 Infantry Brigade
    5 Infantry Brigade has its HQs at Gondama Barracks (near Bo) and it is responsible for the entire South and the rest of the East of the country. It also has three (3) battalions under command; namely:

  • 1 Battalion in Moa Barracks (Daru).

  • 2 Battalion in Kenema

  • 14 Battalion in Pujehun

  • 5 Brigade has its FPBs at Koindu and Bomaru in Kailahun District; Joru and Nomo Faiama in Kenema District and Jendema in Pujehun District.

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