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Jun 4, 2015

Coast Guard Officers Honored for Standing Ground Against Guatemalan Navy

John Borland

A special ceremony was held earlier today to honor ten brave officers of the Belize National Coast Guard who were involved in a standoff with the Guatemalan navy. That confrontation took place on the Sarstoon Island where a forward operating base is being constructed. It started on Thursday and concluded on Friday and according to the Coast Guard; they did not retreat from the confrontation but stood their ground, telling the Guatemalan navy officers that they were in fact in Belizean territory even though they were being outnumbered by the Guatemalans.  The ceremony was not open to the media, but late this evening, the press office provided coverage of the event.

 

John Borland, Commander, BNCG

“With everything that god has given to us, we would stare upon the cannon’s mouth undaunted. We would fight to the last man, to the last bullet, to the last drop of blood. Withdrawal or retreat is just a phase in military operations. Just like the advance attack, defense, encirclement or breakout; the retreat, a connotation often associated with cowardice is a valuable tactic to be used by any sound military commander—just like the viper must recoil or retreat before he attacks—so must an army make use of this tactic. You were not hostile, belligerent or aggressive; instead you were the opposition. You were civil, calm, but assertive; confident in your abilities, your leadership and command. You displayed nerves of steel to remain composed and mission oriented. Your display of courage and commitment is consistent with the coastguard core values. This was your defining moment and is indeed the defining moment in any man’s life who puts on a uniform and swears to protect and defend this country—this country that we love that has given everything to us; that means everything to us. In the end, we must trust our civilian leadership. We must let defense diplomacy and in the words of our Minister of Foreign Affairs, preventative diplomacy takes it course. And that is what happened and will continue to happen. We are one team, one fight, and we stand as our motto says ready for anything. I want to thank our C.E.O., Colonel George Lovell and our Minister of National Security, Honorable John Saldivar, for giving us this mission and standing with us through every step of this operation; for maintaining the result to keep this mission and to see it through. Thanks to our prime minister, who is our commander in chief, for his unwavering support and leadership in this process; for trusting us and believing in us that we will fulfill this mission in a professional manner. Thanks for the seals and the swixs, who deployed without hesitation, travelling a hundred and fifty miles of perilous water in the middle of the night to go and reinforce our patrol on the Sarstoon Island. To the rest of the staff who worked throughout the night to make sure that the rest of the coastguard was combat ready and ready to deploy; to the rest of the coastguard—men and women—who stood ready to join the operation and defend this country if necessary. Thank you and I salute you.”

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5 Responses for “Coast Guard Officers Honored for Standing Ground Against Guatemalan Navy”

  1. lucas says:

    Just as David Cameron is not the commander in chief so too Dean Barrow is not. The commander in chief is the Queen and in Belize is the Governor General. Our Men and Women in uniform have made every Belizean proud.

  2. Roy says:

    I would also like to take this opportunity to nominate Wilfred Peter ”Sedi” Elrington for traitor of the year. He has done an exemplary job of defending Guatemala against the dreaded Belizeans that are seeking to stand up for their country’s right to exist. He has proven time and time again how committed he is in proving Guatemala’s claim to Belize to be right and just while denouncing and chastising any Belizean who would stand against his beloved motherland Guatemala. He has shown more commitment to Guatemala’s cause than any of his opponents in Belize. He is a man of vision for he is securing his spot in the new Guatemalan territory of the former and once independent Belize. You Sir are truly an inspiration to ruthless traitors everywhere.

  3. Al says:

    So glad to see that these brave guys on our front line is being recognized and honored. i salute you all. Thanks for standing up for all of us.

  4. Belizean Pride says:

    I ALSO SALUTE THEM AND GIVE THEM THANKS FOR STANDING OUT FOR OUR NATION. KUDOS TO THEM AND MAY GOD KEEP BLESSING THEM IN THEIR RISKY CAREER WHILE WE LIVE PEACEFULLY THEY RISK THEIR LIVES FOR US. THANK YOU AGAIN.

  5. antonio says:

    That the bull again.. good thing no one was hurt.. good thing guatemala navy didn’t open fire..

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