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              EXERCISE TRADEWINDS 2017 GETS UNDER WAY


       Barbados’ response to threats of illegal drug trafficking; arms and human trafficking; gun related crime and other criminal activity will be tested over the next few days, as Exercise TRADEWINDS 2017 gets under way.

       And, the exercise has the full support of Prime Minister Freundel Stuart ( Pictured above )  and Government as it seeks to improve cooperation and security in the region. Speaking during the official opening ceremony at St. Ann’s Fort today,

       Prime Minister Stuart stated: “Exercise TRADEWINDS is a means of protecting economies of Caribbean territories and their unique way of life.” He warned that Barbados and the region could “ill afford” not to be prepared to confront the multidimensional threat of transnational organised crime; the possibility of terrorist activity by radicalised persons; and the increasing incidence of environmental hazards.

       Mr. Stuart said that he was aware that there were other matters which should engage the attention of regional leaders, but stressed that safeguarding the people

of the region must always remain paramount on every nation’s list of priorities.         However, he gave the assurance that Barbados remained committed to

supporting all security initiatives designed to improve regional cooperation.

Making reference to the “unspeakable butchery” perpetrated against dozens

in Manchester, England a few weeks ago, and the “gruesome events” at London

Bridge over the weekend, the Prime Minister warned that they were examples which

underscored the requirement for Small Island Developing States, including the

Caribbean, to collaborate with regional and international partners to ensure the

safety of citizens.

“In order to fulfil this important mandate, it is vital that we continue to establish

and solidify networks across jurisdictions, and maintain active dialogue with these

partners to combat the security threats which seek to destablise our Caribbean, and

indeed Western civilisations as a whole,” he said.

Mr. Stuart said that during its 33-year lifespan, Exercise TRADEWINDS has

ensured that the region has been able to provide a united response, whether against

transnational organised crime, violent attacks or in the aftermath of a natural or man-

made disaster.

He noted that the region’s climate and geographical configuration made it

susceptible to natural hazards, such as severe weather systems, tsunamis and

earthquakes.

The Prime Minister maintained that the region’s security, defence and disaster

management organisations must continue to be vigilant and linked to respond as a

coalition when the need arose.

Partner nations participating in the exercise are: Antigua and Barbuda,

Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Grenada, Guyana,

Haiti, Jamaica, St. Kitts and Nevis, Netherlands, Suriname, St. Vincent and the

Grenadines, Trinidad and Tobago. Also participating are military personnel from the

United States, Canada, France, Mexico, and the United Kingdom. (JRB/BGIS)

 6th June 2017 - St. Ann’s Fort, Garrison, St.Michael, Barbados.

     EXERCISE TRADEWINDS 2017 GETS UNDER WAY


          Wednesday 8th June 2017 -  Barbados.

EXERCISE TRADEWINDS 2017 got under way  as thousands of School children and others got the opportunity to tour and view the Black Hawk helicopters and other land based assets being used as part of the exercise earlier today at the Barbados Defence Force’s Paragon, Christ Church base, and the maritime assets at its HMBS Pelican, Spring Garden location, between 10:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. Our first set of photos taken at the Marine base and then the others taken as visitors viewed the Black hawk Helicopter.

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    Friday  9th June 2017         Harrisons Cave, St Thomas, Barbados & Saturday 10th June 2017 – Hotel Glendairy, Station Hill, St. Michael Barbados.

            EXERCISE TRADEWINDS 2017  continues  with stimulations of various kinds, from tsunami  evacuation of children from schools  that are in a vulnerable area to  a cave in at Harrisons Cave  and today Saturday  10th June 2017  the Hotel Glendairy ( formerly HMP Glendairy Prison)  collapse killing one and seriously ( red - flagged ) injuring at lease 21 persons and slightly injuring about 6 others.


Harrison Cave collapse photo show  here —


Hotel Glendairy Photo show here —–––-


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Hotel Glendairy scenescenes shown above……

And shown below is scenes from “ Hotel Glendairy “.  

   Sunday 11th June 2017    -    Mud Slide in Chalky Mount, St Andrew.

View Images here of the field  Hospital where the injured was treated…..

Monday 12th June 2017 - Harrisons Cave, St.Thomas, Barbados.

The participants of Tradewinds 2017 was treated to a tour of Harrisons Cave and  entertained .

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