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Tradewinds 2012 underway in Barbados

Able Seaman Omar Holligan of the Barbados Coast Guard, third from right, demonstrates a 60-pound bomb suit which divers use when handling underwater explosives. Chief Petty Officer Second Class Andrew Tiffin of the Royal Canadian Navy’s Fleet Diving Unit Atlantic , at right, explains to course participants how the suit is used.

BRIDGETOWN, Barbados – Law enforcement and defence forces from the United States, Canada and 15 Caribbean countries are taking part in Exercise Tradewinds 2012.

Tradewinds is a U.S. Southern Command-sponsored annual security training exercise. It is an inter-agency, multi-national exercise designed to enhance the collective abilities of Caribbean defence forces and constabularies to counter transnational organized crime and conduct humanitarian assistance and disaster relief operations.

The exercise features U.S. personnel from the Marine Corps, Coast Guard, Army, Navy, Air Force, National Guard, Joint-interagency Task Force-South, Naval Criminal Investigative Service, and the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

They work and train alongside the Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency, the Regional Security System (RSS) and military and law enforcement personnel from the 14 independent full CARICOM states, the Dominican Republic and Canada.

Tradewinds 2012 focuses on strengthening existing regional partnerships and encouraging the establishment of new relationships through the exchange of mission-focused knowledge and expertise so each participating country will improve capabilities in what it considers key security mission areas.

This year’s exercise marks the first time a Tradewinds host nation’s National Emergency Operation Centre and Joint Operation Centre have joined together with the CARICOM, CDEMA, the RSS and U.S. military and law enforcement agencies to conduct the exercise.

“This year we have elevated Tradewinds to an exercise that focuses on operational level training for the command and control of forces and civilian agencies in response to security challenges and disaster relief crises,” said Col. Augustin Bolanio, U.S. Marine Corps Forces, South exercise director.

Colonel Michael Ramos, Chief of Staff of U.S. Marine Corps Forces South stressed the value of Exercise Tradewinds to all of the nations involved.

“The combatant commander and the U.S. government invest in this exercise because we recognize the value of working together to confront these common security challenges…. We are very confident that we are getting tremendous value in working together and sharing experiences with all of our partners and all of our friends and I see this exercise continuing in that light,” he said.

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3 thoughts on “Tradewinds 2012 underway in Barbados

  1. Watch out for these exercises coming to SVG, remember Gonslaves said “we will hunt them down until they exist no more” then denied in parliament that he ever said such a thing, Spunker of the house Alexslander stood by Gonslaves and supported him in lying to parliament. What a duo, no wonder Gonslaves likes him and wants to keep him.

    How about the ALBA military school, do they have observers at this security training exercise? How many of our convicted criminal police have been processed through the ALBA school?

    How many convicted criminals do we now have in the SVG police force?

    Tell us about the UNION ISLAND slaughter of the Venezuelans, how much cocaine was recovered, how many guns did the fishermen have?

    WHERE DID THE US$1 MILLION TAKEN TO THE BANK TO CHANGE FROM US$ TO EC$ COME FROM? WHERE DID FRANCIS GET IT FROM?

    TELL US ABOUT PURCHASES OF PLANT AND MACHINERY BY THE ARGYLE AIRPORT COMPANY.

    WHY DID YOU LEAD US TO BELIEVE THAT VENEZUELA PURCHASED AND DONATED ALL THE PLANT AND MACHINERY, WHEN WE PAID FOR THE MAJORITY OURSELVES, do I smell a lie.

    WHAT HAS HAPPENED ABOUT THE CATERING SCAM RIP OFF AT ARGYLE?

    Posted by Peter | June 19, 2012, 07:41
  2. IT IS NOW KNOWN THERE WAS NO COCAIN FOUND AT UNION ISLAND, 4 MEN DEAD FOR NOTHING.

    Posted by Peter | June 22, 2012, 07:37
  3. COME TO SAINT VINCENT LAND OF THE LIAR KING

    Posted by Peter | June 23, 2012, 08:05

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