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Feb 7, 2017

Defense Minister & C.E.O. to Hunting Caye

Minister of Defense John Saldivar and his C.E.O. Felix Enriquez today commenced a national tour of facilities operated by the Belize Coast Guard. The visit started in the south with a visit to the Forward Operating Base at Hunting Caye.  Now, you would recall that construction was interrupted on the building of the new forward operating base after the United States Army Corp of Engineers contracted Guatemalan laborers to work on the F.O.B.  Coast guard personnel have had to endure the discomfort of utilizing the existing facility on the island, which is inadequate for them to properly carry out their operations. Well back in June of 2016, the works resumed on the F.O.B. and today, at the official visit to the site, Commander John Borland of the Belize Coast Guard gave an update on the progress on the island.

 

John Borland

Rear Admiral John Borland, Commandant, Belize Coast Guard

“Presently, we are engaged in the tour of the southern sector of the Belize Coast Guard where the Minister of Defense, the Honorable John Saldivar, and his C.E.O. and his ministry staff are conducting a tour starting in the south. They will continue with this tour visiting the northern and central sectors, but for now we are in the southern sector. This morning, we left Big Creek and we went all the way out to Aranguana and hang railed the reef until we arrived at this location. His purpose here is to look at the conditions under which the men are living and conducting operations. As you know he is particularly interested in the completion of the Forward Operating Base we see currently under construction over my shoulders behind me. You will also see the building that we are currently located in. It’s been there now since the inception of the coastguard; it’s been renovated, but obviously it is not built to the standard that the remainder of the coastguard facilities are. So that is on its last legs and it will be demolished once the new facility is completed. The new facility is being built to accommodate sixteen officers and sailors included and there is also a pier facility out here as you saw where we docked the boats when we came in where two boats can be docked at any one time and also a refueling facility. So when it is all completed, this will be a self-contained, self-sustained operation where the troops can live out here and change over approximately every four weeks, every month.”

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