Posted: Tuesday, June 15, 2021. 3:30 pm CST.
By Aaron Humes: The Belize Defence Force (BDF) joins military counterparts from the Caribbean; Brazil; France; the Netherlands; Trinidad and Tobago; the United Kingdom and Canada under the sponsorship of the United States in the return of the annual military training exercise Tradewinds, being held in Guyana for the next two weeks.
According to the Caribbean Media Corporation via the Jamaica Observer, the exercise will include land, air, sea and cyberspace training, ais well as helping the relief efforts from unprecedented rainfall and flooding in Guyana recently by airlifting items to flood-affected communities during the exercise.
Chief of Staff of the Guyana Defence Force (GDF), Brigadier Bess, said sustained peace within the Caribbean and other nations is critical, especially with unprecedented changes in the political, economic, environmental and human sustainability spectrums. He noted that natural disasters and narco-trafficking remain threats to social and economic stability in the Caribbean.
“It has become necessary over the decades to engage our security forces as would be appropriate given their constitutional roles. Such engagement tends to be limited in scope but has generally aided in the maintenance of internal stability in some of our states,” he said.
Exercise Tradewinds was originally scheduled for 2020 but was pushed back due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
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