Final farewell gift from BATSUB Print E-mail
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Thursday, 10 November 2011 00:00

BATSUBIn June 2011, The British Army Training Support Unit in Belize (BATSUB) made a major donation to the Belize Defense Force to assist in the troops’ mobilizing ability that they would lose when they downsized their efforts here in Belize.

That donation came in the form of 6 all-terrain vehicles which has been valued at $150,000. These ATV’s would replace the helicopter support from BATSUB.

BATSUB’s commander is currently getting ready to leave the country, and the British Forces in Belize have been assigned elsewhere in Afghanistan training bases.

It was with this backdrop, that BATSUB made another equipment donation to the BDF, which is worth another $250,000. BATSUB hopes that the BDF would be able to move more troops to the different areas as is needed.

Two respective companies of officers from BATSUB and BDF were present when the donation was formally handed over. Also in attendance was the British High Commissioner, H.E. Pat Ashworth; the CEO of the Ministry of Defense, Allen Whylie; the Commander of BATSUB, Lieutenant Colonel Robert Lindsay; and the Commander BDF, Brigadier General Dario Tapia.

The donation consists of 10 used Bedford military trucks, 20 trailers, 2 containers with an assortment of fuel bowsers and other equipment, and 6 boxes of outdoor camping equipment.

The British High Commissioner took the opportunity to address the media saying that the mandatory downsizing is only temporary, and there is the hope that BATSUB will be back at the capacity it was a few months ago.