COastguard_trainingin_belizeA team from the Guyana Defence Force Flagship has departed from St. Kitts/ Nevis to participate in Exercise Trade winds where one of two phases will be carried out in Belize. Exercise Tradewinds is a United States Southern Command sponsored training exercise held annually in the Caribbean and has two phases –Maritime and Land Operations. The Maritime Phase is scheduled to be held in St Kitts Nevis from May 30- June 9, 2015. The Land Operations Phase is scheduled to be held in Belize from June 14-24. The team is made up of 4 Officers and 36 Other Ranks from the Coast Guard, and 3 Other Ranks as supporting staff drawn from across the Force. The aim of Exercise Tradewinds is to help Caribbean nations to be better able to counter land and maritime security threats such as human smuggling and trafficking in illegal weapons and ammunition.

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