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More equipment for BDF and Coast Guard by U.S. government Print E-mail
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Thursday, 15 February 2018 00:00

On Monday, February 12, 2018, the United States Government transferred counter-narcotics equipment, valued at $432,000 USD, to the Belize Defense Force and the Belize Coast Guard.  There, Adrienne Galanek, U.S. Embassy Chargé d’Affaires, and Lt. Col. Felix Enriquez, CEO, Ministry of Defense, represented the US and Belizean government, respectively, and shared some insight on the use of the donations.

The donation was funded by the US Southern Command (US SOUTHCOM) Counter-Narcotics Program Office and is part of the greater partnership with Belize. The equipment includes two Ford F250 pick-up trucks, one video borescope/wireless inspection camera, one radio tester, one sight compass, one fuel quantity tester, one SMARTECH smart board, four Continental boat trailers, two Hamilton waterjet engines, two pneumatic fuel tank cleaning systems, six 250HP Mercury lower units, 50 ballistic floatation vests, six 40HP Yamaha motors, and 50 ballistic high cut helmets. These will be used to enhance the readiness of BDF and BCG personnel with existing as well as new capabilities especially as it relates to the illicit trafficking of persons, drugs, and other products and other transnational criminal organizations.

Besides the physical equipment, pertinent personnel will also receive specialized training to ensure sustainability. In her address, Chargé Galanek underscored the U.S. Government’s continued commitment to Belize’s stability and security and highlighted Belize’s role in the prosperity of the region.CEO Enriquez regarded the donations to the forces as timely and appreciated since narcotic and search and rescue efforts can be enhanced with these equipment.

The U.S. Government also provided material and equipment, valued at $50,000 USD, to upgrade the Main Entry Control Point to the BDF Base at Price Barracks.  This project was a partnership between the BDF’s Light Engineer Company, the Louisiana Army National Guard, and the US SOUTHCOM’s Anti-Terrorism/Force Protection Section, which provided the funding.  The project will help to enhance the security of infrastructure, equipment, and personnel at Price Barracks.

Last Updated on Thursday, 15 February 2018 13:31