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Defense minister continues National Tour of Belize Coast Guard facilities

Posted: Tuesday, February 21, 2017. 2:23 p.m. CST.

By BBN Staff: Minister of Defense, John Saldivar, has visited Coast Guard Facilities in the Central Sector as part of his national tour of Coast Guard facilities countrywide.

Accompanied by Admiral John Borland and senior personnel from the Ministry of Defence, Saldivar visited Calabash Caye (Turneffe) where the Coast Guard has a Forward Operating Base, constructed in 2010. The tour then carried them to Half Moon Caye and Glovers Reef (Middle Caye) where the Coast Guard partners with conservation organizations, providing law enforcement support.

The group then visited Southern Long Caye where the Coast Guard recently established a Patrol Base to provide security for fishermen in the area.

Next week, Saldivar and his CEO, Lieutenant Colonel (ret.) Felix Enriquez, will conclude their national tour in the Northern Sector, which includes facilities in San Pedro, Ambergris Caye, Bacalar Chico, and Consejo in the Corozal District.

The purpose of the tour, according to Admiral Borland, is to enable the Minister and his senior staff at the Ministry “to gain a first-hand grasp of the conditions under which the Coast Guard operates, how the men [and women] are prepared, how they train and are equipped to execute their mandate, and to see the supporting logistics and infrastructure that are a part of the strategic development plan to support sustained operations.”

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