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Thursday, 11 July 2013 00:00

H.E. Pat Ashworth hands over vehicles to Brigadier General David JonesThe British High Commisioner to Belize, H. E. Pat Ashworth, handed over 17 4-ton vehicles to the Belize Defence Force on Wednesday, July 10th. The donation came after Brigadier General David Jones made the request from the British Army Training Support Unit Belize (BATSUB) in March of this year. H.E. Ashworth explained that it was a great pleasure for him to hand over the vehicles to assist in the mobility of the BDF. He added that was despite the fact that the original plan was for the vehicles to be sold to purchase 6-ton vehicles. And while they have been handed over to the BDF, he stated that it is likely that BATSUB will call for their use in the near future when that training unit’s numbers are increased within 18 months to two years as British Forces are withdrawn from Afghanistan.

Chief Executive Officer in the Ministry of National Security, Colonel George Lovell (Ret.) explained that the donation is one which will increase the lifting capacity of the BDF. He stated that the BDF had 20 4-ton vehicles of which only 10 were operational and the BDF needed 60 in order to carry out its duties efficiently. The additional 17 vehicles, which are valued at some $300,000, he said, are expected to serve the BDF for at least 10 years.

Brigadier General David Jones, commander of the BDF explained that with the vehicles, the troops will be able to be deployed into areas more effectively especially in the Chiquibul Forest in the Cayo District and Santa Rosa, Tree Tops and Machaquila in the Toledo District. Because of the carrying capacity of the vehicles, more personnel will be able to be deployed quicker saving on time and fuel thereby improving the BDF’s mobility.