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:

As France is only 128 natical miles away from Barbados via Martinique; they're proposing to be First Respondents to Barbados in the event of Natural Disasters like Strong Hurricanes, Tsunamis or Earthquakes. As such, a demo via the French Naval ship "Dumont  d' Urville," commanded by Lieutenant Commander Cyril Rey, proposes to conduct a beaching operation on the Northern end of Carlisle Bay Beach, South West Coast of Barbados, July 21st, 2013.

As France is only 128 natical miles away from Barbados via Martinique; they’re proposing to be First Respondents to Barbados in the event of Natural Disasters like Strong Hurricanes, Tsunamis or Earthquakes. As such, a demo via the French Naval ship “Dumont d’ Urville,” commanded by Lieutenant Commander Cyril Rey, proposes to conduct a beaching operation on the Northern end of Carlisle Bay Beach, South West Coast of Barbados, July 21st, 2013.

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.

This exercise, which is expected to increase the cooperation between the visiting French Navy and the competent authorities of Barbados and its organizations, that normally assume lead roles during & Post - Natural Disasters. The exercise will last about an hour, during which time, the "Dumont d' Urville" and it's crew will, as seen from the point of continued training exercises with the Barbados Defence Force "should the need to work together in this manner ever arrive", coming off the heals of any major catastrophic event, embark off / on trucks and equipment of the BDF and then sail away from the shores of Barbados to it's next training destination.

This exercise, which is expected to increase the cooperation between the visiting French Navy and the competent authorities of Barbados and its organizations, that normally assume lead roles during & Post – Natural Disasters. The exercise will last about an hour, during which time, the “Dumont d’ Urville” and it’s crew will, as seen from the point of continued training exercises with the Barbados Defence Force “should the need to work together in this manner ever arrive”, coming off the heels of any major catastrophic event, embark off / on trucks and equipment of the BDF and then sail away from the shores of Barbados to it’s next training destination.

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.

This show of readiness during the port call by the DUMONT d’URVILLE can be used in any of the above circumstances and demonstrates France’s response to Barbados’s call for deeper relations, it is a huge and immediate step forward, in fostering closer and more concrete ties between the two countries and the wider region, it can be viewed as initial training for their Barbadian Counterparts in working together in this discipline, that can be viewed in the context of Post-Disaster Emergency Management and as putting in place, an “on call arrangement”.

This show of readiness during the port call by the DUMONT d’URVILLE can be used in any of the above circumstances and demonstrates France’s response to Barbados’s call for deeper relations, it is a huge and immediate step forward, in fostering closer and more concrete ties between the two countries and the wider region, it can be viewed as initial training for their Barbadian Counterparts in working together in this discipline, that can be viewed in the context of Post-Disaster Emergency Management and as putting in place, an “on call arrangement”.

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.

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