British and US Navy in Barbados – UK for Weather Related purposes and Americans to teach Martial Arts & Crime Fighting techniques
- Royal Navy Warship HMS MANCHESTER just arrived in Bridgetown for a 2 week period as part of her ongoing Disaster Relief and Counter Narcotics work within the Caribbean region.
HMS MANCHESTER is working in the Caribbean Basin in order to provide disaster relief support to the British Overseas Territories as well as conduct counter narcotics operations. As part of her visit to Barbados her Command Team, led by the Commanding Officer, Commander Rex Cox, will be visiting the Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency (CDEMA) in order to gain a better insight into the organisation and capabilities of the agency.
They will have the opportunity to meet the Deputy Director, Ms Andria Grosvenor, and her team in order to ensure smooth integration with CDEMA should MANCHESTER be required to assist in any disaster relief operations throughout the region.
While in Bridgetown, the MANCHESTER will also be conducting essential maintenance. This will allow engineering work, as well as general maintenance, to be conducted on the Ship while docked and so ensure she can offer her maximum range of capabilities throughout the Hurricane Season.
- Meanwhile – High Speed Vessel Swift (HSV 2) will reach Bridgetown by July 28th to kick off the Barbados portion of the Eastern Caribbean Southern Partnership Station (SPS) 2010 engagement. The Swift will be in Barbados from July 28 through August 26, 2010.
SPS is a recurring deployment of various specialty platforms of the U.S. Department of Defense’s Southern Command (SOUTHCOM) in the Caribbean and Latin America, with the primary goal of sharing information with navies, coast guards, and civilian services throughout the region.
“We share common interests and participation in multinational maritime partnership missions like this one,” said Capt. Kurt Hedberg, mission commander for SPS 2010. During the ship’s stay in Barbados, the crew will meet with the Regional Security System Land and Maritime services.
“The U.S. Navy and SOUTHCOM are committed to this type of lasting partnership,” said Hedberg. “SPS will give all of us a chance to exchange ideas and mission-focused knowledge and expertise to improve capabilities in key mission areas.“
Some of the topics of discussion during the visit will be port security, non-commissioned officer professional development, operational risk management, medical readiness, outboard motor maintenance and patrol craft operation. The U.S. Marine Corps also has an eight-man mobile training team on board Swift to participate in the exchanges. The team will provide instruction in martial arts, non-lethal weapons, military operations in urban terrain, check-point security, marksmanship and small unit tactics.