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Jul 10, 2013

UK donates 17 Bedford Four-Tonners to the BDF

The United Kingdom via the British High Commission donated seventeen Bedford Four-Tonner trucks to the Belize Defense Force. It’s a welcomed gift since ten of the twenty trucks currently used by the B.D.F. are not roadworthy. The B.D.F. actually needs about sixty troop lifting trucks and the C.E.O. for the Ministry of National Security, George Lovell, was quite thankful for the vehicles to be added to the fleet. The handing over ceremony took place at the Price Barracks in Ladyville this afternoon.

 

Major T Cal, Force Adjutant

“Our logistical support bares most of the strains especially where it relates to troop carrying vehicles. Just the other day mentioned to my colleague that if the current few troop carrying vehicles could express themselves we would be forced to provide continually overtime payments. As we witness this handing over, we must recall that one of our Prime Ministers discussion point whilst in the United Kingdom recently was in relation to BATSUB’s continued training option in Belize. I could safely infer that our relationship with BATSUB and by extension the government of the United Kingdom will continue to fructify. This coveted donation could not have come at a better time, especially as we prepare on the recruitment and training of our new soldiers. In closing, I will borrow the words of Rowan Garel, well known fundraiser for BCVI, no donation is too big or too small.”

 

H.E. Pat Ashworth, British High Commissioner

Patrick Ashworth

“Actually today it does give me great pleasure to present these vehicles to the B.D.F. I was here when General Jones first requested the vehicles and that was back in March when we had the Minister of International Security Strategy, Dr. Andrew Morrison who visited the general and who has also asked me to pass on his best regards to the B.D.F. today. That caused a lot of head scratching cause we know that the BATSUB were suppose to replace the Bedford four tonner with six tonners and the six tonners in some way were suppose to cover the cost of the four tonners so I am afraid that General Jones put the cats among the pigeons there for asking for this donation. But the Minister took this request with him and with the support of myself and the O.C. of BATSUB it was agreed that we could give the seventeen fully working four tonners to the B.D.F. And our hope is that this is going to keep the transport going for another ten years. These are some incredible vehicles the four tonners and the six tonners are great I know there is a lot of people in the British Army who would be sorry to see the four tonners go.”

 

George Lovell

Colonel George Lovel (Ret’d), CEO Ministry of National Security

“We had some twenty or so four ton vehicle that are on our inventory. And of those twenty vehicles, only ten of those vehicles, fifty percent of our fleet are roadworthy. The need for the entire force is some sixty or so troop lifting vehicles. So twenty was one-third of what we needed to sustain the force to have the force at the efficiency level that we can accept. And yet we were down to one third with only one-sixth of our fleet roadworthy. It is pleasing today to see now that we have seventeen new roadworthy vehicles added to our fleet and brings our number to twenty-seven. We yet are not where we want to be with troop lifting vehicles we need. And while we would like to ensure they would like to ensure that they are going to last for these ten years that you speak His Excellency. What we need to do is to ensure that there is proper equipment husbandry. And I will like to ask General to ensure that he give us his commitment that this will be done in whatever lifespan or timeline that he has for these vehicles and for ones we will obviously need to get to supplement in all twenty-seven troop lifting vehicles that you have. The initial cost that was given to us just for you to understand was some $250,000 for each of the troop lifting vehicles that he wanted. I was told that the gift that was given to us is some $300,000 worth, which means a depreciation value that have been placed into the donation that have been given by your kind office His Excellency and by the government of the United Kingdom. We are in fact grateful because this will take us a long way in terms of having the Belize dense Force providing the type of service that our people so rightly deserve.”

 

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3 Responses for “UK donates 17 Bedford Four-Tonners to the BDF”

  1. Al says:

    Belize is always getting donations from other countries, but these things are never taken care of. The way the vehicles are driven is shameful. Our people are so use to beat up broken down things that they treat everything that way.

    Please take care of these vehicles. So in times when these trucks are needed they are not torn up and broken down.

  2. Karl says:

    Now this is what I am talking about. How about some troop carrying/medevac helicopters, antiaircraft weapons and self propel artillery. I know that I am asking for too much. The only country that desire our country, and will tell anyone that’s willing to listen, just bought themselves shiny new fix wing jet fighters and they have all this and more. Lets retire the ridiculous, slap in the face ATVs. The security of our country should be job 1 for any government.

  3. Karl says:

    Now this is what I am talking about. I agree take care of them. That is leadership job. How about some troop carrying/medevac helicopters, and while we are at it, antiaircraft weapons and field artillery. I know that I am asking too much. Let’s retire the ridiculous and slap in the face ATVs and the toy ceremonial cannons. The only country that wants our country has these and more.

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