Representatives from 18 partner nations, including Trinidad and Tobago and the United States of America, are in Antigua for the first phase of the Tradewinds 2014 multinational exercise, from June 1 until June 10.
Tradewinds 2014 focuses on increasing regional cooperation to counter illicit trafficking and building participating nations’ capacity to plan and execute complex, multinational security operations.
Tradewinds strengthens existing regional partnerships and encourages the establishment of new relationships focused on shared knowledge and expertise, while allowing each participating country to improve capabilities in key security mission priorities.
Tradewinds 2014 will bring together 13 members of the Trinidad and Tobago Defence Force with more than 300 law enforcement officers, military personnel, and government representatives from the Dutch Caribbean, Antigua and Barbuda, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Canada, Dominica, the Dominican Republic, Grenada, Guyana, Haiti, Jamaica, St Kitts and Nevis, St Vincent and the Grenadines, Suriname and the United States.
The United States Southern Command (USSOUTHCOM) is the executive agent of Tradewinds 2014 and will conduct the maritime training and disaster response exercise in collaboration with the US Coast Guard and other facilitating agencies.