Canadian Forces donate surplus equipment to the Belize Defence Force in support of Canada's Americas Strategy
Canadian Forces (CF) Major-General Richard Foster, Deputy Commander, Canada Command (right), Colonel Steven Ortega (left) of the Belize Defence Force (BDF), and CF Major Anthony Fulmes inspect a military utility vest in Belize City, Belize, Central America on 12 June, 2012. Photo: Sgt Frank Hudec
On 12 June 2012, the Canadian Forces (CF) donated 2,000 surplus utility vests to the Belize Defence Force (BDF) in support of Canada's Americas' Strategy and broader commitments to support Central American countries in their efforts to address the security situation in the region.
Declared surplus by the CF, the utility vests have multiple functions and are composed of pockets for arms and additional pockets for alternative use such as carrying small radios and First Aid kits.
The donation of equipment is in response to a BDF request for Canadian Forces assistance with the acquisition of vests, and will support BDF operations and training. The support for Belize is a tangible example of Canada's implementation of its objective, under the Americas' Strategy, to address insecurity and advance freedom, democracy, human rights and the rule of law through capacity building.
Major-General Richard Foster, Deputy Commander, Canada Command transported the vests to Belize City, Belize, for presentation to senior officials of the BDF on behalf of Canada. The vests were flown from 8 Wing Trenton, Ontario to Philip S.W. Goldson International Airport, Belize City aboard a 436 Transport Squadron CC-130J Hercules aircraft.
Canada and Belize share a Commonwealth history, many values and cultural ties. Belize has been a member of the Military Training and Cooperation Program since 1983 and Canada and Belize have shared positive bilateral relations since its independence.
More information about the donation of equipment to the Belize Defence Force.
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