The United States Embassy’s Security Cooperation Office (SCO) has wrapped up the first in a two-part Military Training Team event involving members of United States Coast Guard and Officers and Ranks of the Guyana Defence Force Coast Guard.
In a statement, the Embassy said that a six-man team from the US Coast Guard arrived in Guyana on November 5th and instructed on a range of topics, from basic seamanship to queries, approaches and visits-boarding-search-and-seizure.
The group trained on the water for 40 hours before the graduation ceremony last week.
As part of the Security Cooperation Office’s capacity-building efforts in Guyana, the second phase of the event will occur in July 2017.
The recently trained GDF Officers and Ranks will be the instructors with the U.S. Coast Guard team as observers.
The embassy said the events will identify and qualify instructors who can return to their units with increased knowledge and ability, serving the goal of greater general readiness in Guyana’s inland and littoral maritime environment.
Guyana has received support over the past several years from the US Coast Guard and military, in a number of critical training areas.
This training reaffirms the United States government’s commitment to working closely with the Government of Guyana on issues of security and professionalization. The Embassy hopes to continue these activities in the future.