Counter-narcotics equipment for Belize from the U.S. government

By on February 12, 2018
U.S donation

U.S donation

Ladyville, BELIZE DISTRICT. Monday, February 12, 2018. The United States government has gifted close to a million dollars worth of counter narcotics equipment to to the Ministry of Defence.

An official release from the U.S. embassy in Belmopan announcing the transfer of the counter-narcotics equipment, said that the value of the donation is US$432,000.

The equipment will go to the Belize Defence Force and the Belize National Coast Guard.

At the handing over, Chargé d’Affaires, Adrienne Galanek spoke of the continued commitment of the U.S government “to the stability and security of Belize.”

The American diplomat highlighted the essential role Belize plays in the prosperity of the region.

U.S. donation to Belize

U.S. donation to Belize

The donation to Belize’s law enforcement agencies was funded by the U.S. Southern Command’s Counter-Narcotics Program Office.

The U.S. embassy release notes that “this equipment is part of a sustained effort by USSOUTHCOM, the U.S. military, and the United States’ partnership with Belize.”

The equipment, according to the U.S. embassy, will help enhance the readiness posture of the defense forces of Belize by keeping previously donated equipment upgraded, updated, and effectively functional.

It will also strengthen existing capabilities and establish new capabilities in the fight to counter the activities of transnational criminal organizations.

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.

U.S. donation to Ministry of Defence

U.S. donation to Ministry of Defence

The U.S. Government also provided material and equipment, valued at US$50,000 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 USSOUTHCOM’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.

On hand for the handing over today in Ladyville was the Chief Executive Officer in the Ministry of Defence Felix Enriquez.

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