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Jul 12, 2016

No Room for Coast Guard at Sarstoon F.O.B.

The forward operating base at the estuary of the Sarstoon River was erected as a joint military installation to house Belize Defense Force and coast guard personnel. There was an official ceremony with all the bells and whistles to launch it in April 2016.  The F.O.B. was intended to be used to support tactical operations within the troublesome area where the Guatemalan military has unimpeded access.  While the objective remains integral, three months after its launch, the base is only being utilized by the B.D.F.  That’s because the facility is too small and there is presently no room for additional manpower at that location.  As it stands, the facility is only giving shelter to eight soldiers and a police officer, leaving the coastguard seamen out of the picture.  According to Retired Colonel George Lovell, C.E.O. in the Ministry of National Security, there is a plan being put together to see how best a coastguard team can be accommodated at the F.O.B.


Isani Cayetano

“The Forward Operating Base at the mouth of the Sarstoon River, we understand that it only accommodates for the Belize Defense Force personnel, as well as a single police officer and there seems to be no room for the coast guard.  Can you explain to us what went wrong there, seeing as though it was billed as a joint operating base?”


George Lovell

Ret. Col. George Lovell, C.E.O., Ministry of National Security

“Well Isani, nothing went wrong actually.  My understanding is that the coast guard needs to have a team that can operate as a team at that location.  I am currently working with the commander of the Belize Defense Force to see how we could accommodate that.  They had initially two people placed out there but they cannot operate with two people, that is the coast guard.  They cannot operate with two people.  And certainly it is the Ministry of National Security’s intention for us to have a joint base as we had intended for it to be in the first instance.”

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1 Response for “No Room for Coast Guard at Sarstoon F.O.B.”

  1. Mike G. says:

    Ooops! Forgot to figure in a bed for the boat crew . . . typical!

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