The United States Africa Command transferred ownership of 21 modified Toyota pickup trucks to the Moroccan Forces ArmÃ©es Royale Special Operations Company (MSOF) worth more than $1 million on May 6. The transfer culminates three years of close cooperation to train and equip the MSOF company through an $18 million grant. Photos released by the US Embassy in Morocco revealed that the vehicles were Toyota Land Cruiser models. They appear to have been delivered with containers of spare parts.
This delivery of vehicles marks a critical step to enhance the company’s capacity to conduct special operations and internal company command and control by the end of this year. The U.S. Embassy’s Office of Security Cooperation and the Utah National Guard have established an exceptional relationship with the MSOF since training first began in 2017, with numerous combined training events occurring each year in Tifnit as well as other locations.
The MSOF has extensive training experience with multiple U.S. Special Operations units. The MSOF operators have earned an outstanding reputation through numerous training exercises. Most recently, the Commander of U.S. Special Operations Command Africa, U.S. Air Force Brig. Gen. Dagvin Anderson, lauded their exceptional performance during the multinational Exercise Flintlock 2020 in Mauritania. The FAR and the Utah National Guard have been strong partners through the U.S. Department of Defense State Partnership Program since 2003, and the operators and support personnel of the 19th Special Forces Group of the Utah National Guard are proud brothers in arms with Moroccan Special Forces.