FRANCE RAMPS UP ITS RELATIONS & STENGTHENS COOPERATION WITH BARBADOS
As concrete steps towards new cooperation with the Caribbean, Paris has responded immediately with the following:
In the presence of representatives of Barbados, which could include The Prime Minister of Barbados, (National Security & Defense) The Chief Justice of Barbados, The Attorney General of Barbados, The Chief of Staff , The Commissioner of Police, The Commanding Officer of The Barbados Coast Guard, Department of Emergency Management and their team, The Executive Director of The Regional Security System and his team, Head of The European Delegation and his team, representatives of The French Embassy of Trinidad & Tobago & Barbados, The Honorary Consul of France to Barbados, together responsible for the affairs of France in Barbados, the French Defence Attaché to Barbados, Lt. Col. Isabelle Vinciguerra and representatives of various media, “Dumont d’ Urville” will beach at the Northern end of Carlisle Bay Beach in the afternoon, to embark and disembark trucks and equipment of the Barbados Defence Force, within a few minutes of its landing.
Such an operation could be considered of vital importance, especially in the event that a natural disaster (very powerful hurricane, Tsunami or earthquake) which has very seriously damaged the port, airport and road infrastructure in Barbados. The beaching of one of France’s assets which is permanently based in the Caribbean, can be seen as a deepening of relations and would represent one of the few adequate solutions to quickly respond to and unload relief to help local people in distress, at the request of the Government of Barbados.
Cooperation has already begun with Senior Officers Major Michael S. JACKMAN & Major Andrew DARLINGTON of the Barbados Defence Force recently returning from French Disaster Preparedness Exercise CARAIBES 2013 in which seventeen countries participated in Martinique and Guadeloupe that simulated a 7.9 on the Richter Scale Earthquake.