Belize Gets Special Visit From Highest UK Military Commander

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Updated: October 28, 2015

The highest ranking officer in the British Forces is in Belize on an official visit as the country sees the resurgence of the British Forces.  Renee Trujillo was at Price Barracks this afternoon to find out more details.

RENEE TRUJILLO REPORTING

Belize’s Brigadier General, Commander David Jones was at the entrance of the Price Barracks in Ladyville Village, Belize District just after one o’clock this afternoon awaiting the arrival of Lieutenant General James Rupert Everard of the British Forces.  The visit of Lieutenant General Everard marks the first time that someone of such a high stature of the British military has come to Belize to meet with officials.  So, just what is it that has brought this high ranking official to Belize?  We went to Price Barracks to find out.

COMMANDER DAVID JONES

“His visit is very significant; I don’t recall in history we’ve had a visitor of this rank and it signifies the resurgence of the assistance that BATSUB will have here in Belize and the resurgence of the assistance that the British Army will be having with the Belize Defense Force.  So he is here to look at the training opportunities, verify what can be done in Belize and what can be done with the Belize Defense Force, so his visit is very important.”

LT. GEN. JAMES EVERARD

“One of the areas that we are very keen to explore is reestablishing our training presence in Belize. As you know we’ve had about 900 soldiers here this year, I think we will be just over 2,000 next year.”

RENEE TRUJILLO REPORTING

“With the British Forces back on our military base in Belize and BATSUB being strengthened, we asked the Lieutenant General what are the mutual benefits that can be anticipated with this resurgence.”

PM Meets with British ForcesLT. GEN. JAMES EVERARD

“We are going to put a larger permanent presence here but it will still be small in comparison to what we had in the past but the important thing for me is that regular drum beat of training.  So, in the seven company battalion exercises, each one of the exercises will be bringing in a team that will work along your own defense forces, hopefully to mutual benefit this year.  I think we’ll be just over  2,000 next year and I think that will establish a pattern of activity that we hope to maintain over a prolonged period and not just training benefit for ourselves but this time, doing much more in concert with your own defense force to help develop our lessons to mutual advantage.”

RENEE TRUJILLO REPORTING

As it pertains to the strengthening of the relations between the two countries, Everard told the media that he is grateful for the old friendship Britain has had with Belize and that he believes that Prime Minister, Dean Barrow’s vision is very clear when it comes to the issue of national security for Belize.

LT. GEN. JAMES EVERARD

“We look at this part of the world, the only Commonwealth in Central America is Belize.  We’ve been old friends for a long time. I think your Prime Minister’s vision for defense is very clear and we working with other multinational partners, and you will know that there’ll be a very good multinational cooperation meeting shortly with the US, Canadians and ourselves and with your own defense forces working together to carry that forward to really deliver what you need.”

RENEE TRUJILLO REPORTING

Lieutenant General James Everard has been serving in the British Army since 1983 and currently holds the highest office in the UK’s military as Commander Land Forces.  Following his visit to Price Barracks, Everard had several other meetings lined up including one with the Prime Minister of Belize.  PM Meets with British Forces 2Reporting for Love News, I am Renee Trujillo.