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Coast Guard Office of International Programs Supports International Partnerships in Caribbean Exercise

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June 4, 2013

Interceptor Boat
An Interceptor boat from the Saint Vincent and the Grenadines Coast Guard performs a corkscrew maneuver during boat pursuit drills in Tradewinds 2013. The U.S. Coast Guard managed the acquisition and delivery of the boat through the service’s Foreign Military Sales Program. U.S. Coast Guard photo.

Showcased in the Tradewinds 2013 multi-national exercise, new Special Purpose Craft-Law Enforcement (SPC-LE) boats delivered by the Coast Guard’s Foreign Military Sales (FMS) Program are helping to strengthen ties among Caribbean nations partnered in maritime security missions.

Sponsored by the U.S. Southern Command (SOUTHCOM), Tradewinds is an annual training exercise that fosters cooperation among Caribbean nations. This year, the island nation of St. Lucia played host to naval, military and law enforcement units from 14 nations with shared interest in planning and executing complex maritime security operations. According to SOUTHCOM, Tradewinds, now in its 28th year, enhances the collective abilities of defense forces and constabularies to counter transnational organized crime and to conduct humanitarian and disaster relief operations.

Interceptor Boat
CASTRIES, St. Lucia—Interceptor boats from the Saint Vincent and the Grenadines and Saint Lucia Coast Guards, maneuver together during the Tradewinds 2013 exercise. Each boat was delivered through the U.S. Coast Guard’s Foreign Military Sales Program. U.S. Coast Guard photo.

Since 1997, the Coast Guard’s Office of International Programs has delivered more than 350 assets worldwide, including 20 33-foot SPC-LE boats to countries in the Caribbean Basin.

“This is a prime example of building partner capacity through assets and training acquired through FMS,” Tod Reinert, director of the Office of International Programs. “[We are] providing the foundation for a regional security capability and enabling exercises such as Tradewinds to further develop multi-national cooperation.”

 

For more information on the Office of International Acquisition, please visit http://www.uscg.mil/acquisition/international/default.asp.

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