Yesterday we brought you the accomplishments of the Belize Coast Guard for 2015. At the start of last year there were some goals that the BCG did not achieve in 2015. Despite that, however, Admiral Borland says that he anticipates that in 2016 they will achieve even more.
“There are several things. First on the horizon as you rightfully said the Coast Guard Regulations being one of them but we are working off a 15 year strategy. I said we’ve entered into the long term portion which is the 2015 to 2020 and the goals and objectives overlap in strategy so there is not reason at all that there is any cause that we shouldn’t be able to achieve what we didn’t achieve. For example if you look at where we wanted to be in terms of manpower for 365 in 2015, we are not quite there we are still at 320 but there is a plan to get where we are going so no problems at all. We expect that we will be moving full speed ahead to achieve all that we did in 2015 in 2016 and beyond leading up to 2020.
As it relates to working relations with the BCG’s counterparts from around the world, Admiral Borland says the conventional training and working relations will continue.
“We work with by and large almost the same elements that the BDF work with, in their enduring partnerships with US Southern Command being the primary agency that we work with and that extends to us to the US Coast Guard and the US NAVY. Those are the primary elements that we work with and train with, it has taken on a new dimension over the last two years where we are working with our Marine Counterparts out of Marfort South. As you saw in training company presentation now we are actually revising the basic training curriculum now to produce Marine infantry sailor as opposed to the traditional Coast Guard sailors that we used to produce. We are training quite a bit with the Marines and the seals, the US Navy in conventional training and Coast Guard, apart from that we train with the Canadians, British and Jamaicans and of course the Guatemalans but it’s largely for training. In Capital 3 projects it’s mainly with Southcom whereas you know they support us because of the transnational organized crime effort infrastructure and equipment.
Belize has worked with Mexico, Canada, the United States of America and the British as well as the Jamaicans.