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Belize hosts Exercise Tropical Dagger

Posted: Wednesday, November 23, 2016. 11:29 a.m. CST.

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By BBN Staff: Exercise Tropical dagger is a Canadian military initiative. This year, for the first time, Belize hosted the training.

The two week exercise is usually held in Jamaica. This special forces training allows participating defense forces to apply their skills in realistic training scenarios.

Yesterday, the Belize Defense Force, Canadian Special Operations Command and the Jamaican Defense Force demonstrated the use of equipment contributed by Canada.

The exercise is operated under Canada’s anti-crime capacity building program. It aims to reinforce partner military’s ability to prevent and respond to threats posed by criminal activity.

BDF Commander, Brig. Gen. David Jones says that when the exercise first started, it was between Canada and Jamaica. Belize started this exercise with them two years ago.

Some of the training operations included counter-narcotic operation, kidnapping operation, anti-terrorism training that is specialized by the three forces. According to Jones, the special forces of Jamaica and Canada also participated in  jungle operations in Belize.

The demonstration done by trainees yesterday included the use of the support assets from the United States’ three helicopters and an assault operation team from all three military forces.

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