The International Military Training and Advisory Team Sierra Leone (IMATT) formally ends its mission in Sierra Leone on 31 March, 2013.  Its successor, the International Security Advisory Team Sierra Leone (ISAT) formally begins its mission on 1 April, 2013.

IMATT has provided training, support and advice to the Republic of Sierra Leone Armed Forces (RSLAF) for nearly 13 years.  During this period, the RSLAF has reorganised itself into a professional and capable military force that focuses on external threats and peacekeeping operations in Africa, and is widely respected within Sierra Leone.  The forthcoming deployment of the RSLAF battalion on peacekeeping operations in Somalia is further evidence of this growing capability.

National elections in November 2012, the third set of democratic elections in Sierra Leone since the end of the Civil War in 2002, marked a defining moment for the international community’s support to the RSLAF.  The conduct of the elections set the conditions for IMATT to draw down and to transition into ISAT.