By: Marine Seaman Michael E. Turner II

Part and parcel to its Operation Mobilization mission which allows the RBDF to render security and disaster assistance to its regional counterparts when possible, The Defence Force continues to find ways to engage with its neighbouring counterparts.

Currently, a dozen of its personnel are participating in the first phase of Exercise Tradewinds 2017 which is being hosted by Barbados this year.

Exercise Tradewinds which has been in existence from 1984 is a U.S. Southern Command multinational military interaction which promotes regional security cooperation among partner nations.

Countries in attendance include Antigua & Barbuda, The Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Canada, Dominica, Dominican Republic, France, Grenada, Guyana, Haiti, Jamaica, Mexico, Netherlands, St. Kitts & Nevis, Suriname, Trinidad & Tobago, St. Vincent & the Grenadines, United Kingdom and United States.

Participants will also attend Phase II of this three phased combined and joint exercise which will take place in Trinidad & Tobago next week and the third and final phase in Miami, Fl.

Through the sharing of expertise and knowledge, regional objectives such as the improvement of security against transnational crime and any other posing threats are discussed and partner nations learn how to operate together seamlessly.

This is achieved by developing strong relationships between partner nations, enhancing the collective abilities and improving the interoperability of each force.

Next year, The Bahamas is scheduled to host Exercise Tradewinds.

– Guard Our Heritage –

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