Belize Joins Tradewinds 2023 Security Exercise

Belize Joins Tradewinds 2023 Security Exercise

Belize is among the fifteen countries taking part in Tradewinds 2023.  The exercise is carried out each year by the US Southern Command, and is a security exercise that aims to prepare Caribbean security and military personnel for threats, and instilling peace and stability in the region.  According to the Chief-of-Staff of the Guyana Defence Force (GDF) Brigadier Omar Khan, this year’s exercise includes comprehensive disaster management training and simulated oil spill scenarios.  More than 1,500 personnel from Antigua and Barbuda, The Bahamas, Belize, Bermuda, Canada, Dominica, Dominican Republic, United Kingdom, France, Grenada, Guyana, Jamaica, Mexico, St Kitts and Nevis, St Lucia, St Vincent and the Grenadines, Suriname, and Trinidad and Tobago are participating in the ground, air, sea and cyber domains.  Tradewinds 2023 is focused on foreign military interaction, maritime interdiction, ground security, and field training exercises supporting SOUTHCOM’s campaign plan.  The military exercise includes scenarios focusing on countering transnational criminal organisations and violent extremist organisations to help finalise the Caribbean Community’s Standard Operating Procedures, enhance regional collaboration and stability and effective response to other security threats.  This is the third time that Guyana is hosting Exercise Tradewinds.

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