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Search form Search Main menu Home News Business Sports Columns Contact Us E-Paper Chargé d’Affaires of the United States Embassy in Barbados, Joaquin Monserrate, and Commander Mark Peterson, Commanding Officer Barbados Coast Guard viewing the donated equipment.

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Equipment boost for Coast Guard Thu, 06/10/2021 – 6:40am The Barbados Coast Guard has received vital maritime parts from the US Southern Command.

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The donation, which is valued at approximately US$195 000, is part of the Caribbean Basin Security Initiative (CBSI) Foreign Military Financing Programme and was led by the US Embassy in Bridgetown with support from the US Coast Guard’s Office of International Acquisitions Programme.

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The maritime spare parts package, presented during a ceremony at HMBS PELICAN, will support multiple vessels previously donated by the US Embassy’s Military Liaison Office and the Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs to the Barbados Coast Guard. Also, it will assist with future maintenance and operations to ensure capability to conduct maritime patrols, counter illicit-trafficking operations, and maintain border security.

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Commander Mark Peterson, Commanding Officer – Barbados Coast Guard said that the donation is timely, well-received, and will undoubtedly boost the Barbados Coast Guard’s maritime capacity

“Barbados, allied with the United States, continue to play a pivotal role in maritime safety and security,” he stated

Chargé d’Affaires of the US Embassy in Barbados, Joaquin Monserrate, noted that the handover reflects the long-standing commitment of the United States to Barbados and the region to support sustained peace and security, adding: “We are proud of the opportunity to continue to partner with the professional men and women of the Barbados Defence Force and Coast Guard.”