Coast Guard to get FOB on northern Ambergris Caye

By on August 25, 2018

Ground broken for Coast Guard Forward Operating base in Northern Ambergris Caye

Belize City, BELIZE. Saturday, August 25, 2018. Ground was broken on Friday on northern Ambergris Caye for a forward operating base for the Belize National Coast Guard.

According to a government press release, the base will be built in Bacalar Chico and will mark the first time that a permanent base for day to day activities will be available for use by the Belize National Coast Guard.

For the last three years, there have been only foot patrol being offered by the Coast Guard due to the lack of proper facilities.

FOB ground-breaking

The official release explains that the new forward operating base will be located about a mile and a half from the Mexican border and that “the Bacalar Chico Coast Guard Station is an ideal location for the prevention of cross-border criminal activities such as drug trafficking, weapon trafficking, and illegal fishing.”

According to the official release, “the strategic importance of their presence in Bacalar Chico as law enforcement is to provide stability for economic prosperity.”

The base will be built by contractor Victor Aldana and is expected to take about four months to complete.

The design of the facility is to house 16 officers and includes a 30-ft lookout tower, and a vessel will be assigned to the location.

Present for the groundbreaking was Minister of National Security, John Saldivar; Commandant of Belize Coast Guard, Admiral John Borland; Contractor, Victor Aldana; and Mayor of San Pedro Town, Daniel Guerrero, among other officials.

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