Posted: Friday, December 18th, 2015. 11:31 a.m. CST
By BMG Staff: Belize’s military partners in the United States have donated more than one million Belize dollars in equipment for maritime law enforcement to the Belize National Coast Guard, which was officially handed over today at their George Price Highway headquarters.
Commandant of the Coast Guard, Rear Admiral John Borland, told reporters, quote, “There are a variety of equipment raging from zodiac tactical boats that are mainly going to be employed by the seals for tactical operations. There are life jackets. There is 200 of them on display. They are going to be issued to the fleet. The fleet are the people who do the work on a daily basis, they go to sea every day, so they need the best equipment that we have.
The foul weather gear is also going to be issued to the fleet. There are 200 sets and they are going to be use whenever the fleets on operations in foul weather. Foul weather means inclement weather or bad weather. The better you take care of a man under inclement conditions, the better he will operate.”
U.S. Ambassador to Belize His Excellency Carlos Moreno stated in his address that two separate but important entities contributed to today’s donation – the U.S. Southern Command (SOUTHCOM) and the International Narcotics and Law Enforcement (INL) division.
CEO in the Ministry of National Security, George Lovell, said that despite the challenges the Government faces in keeping the Coast Guard at sea, it is keenly interested in continuing the work of the men and women in blue. As an example he cites ongoing negotiations to build two larger patrol crafts for the Coast Guard, which he hopes to conclude in a short time.
Admiral Borland says that some of the equipment is already in use and the rest will be distributed right away.
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