This week, representatives of the Military Liaison Office (MLO) of the United States Embassy in Barbados and the Eastern Caribbean and the Caribbean Basin Security Initiative Field Technical Assistance Team (CBSI TAFT) conducted a Joint Maritime Assessment and Security Assistance Planning Visit with the Royal Saint Lucia Police Marine Unit (RSLPF). This was the first visit since 2013 that CBSI TAFT had visited Saint Lucia following the US government decision in June 2021 to resume security assistance to some RSLPF units.
Members of the CBSI TAFT conducted a comprehensive maritime assessment of the maritime unit’s fleet and assisted with vessel repairs and maintenance. The U.S. Embassy MLO team held several planning sessions with senior leadership of the marine unit, discussing plans for U.S. safety training for unit sailors. Future training opportunities would include courses in engineering, electronics and other maritime technical courses, as well as military vocational training opportunities.
Commenting on the visit, the officer in charge of CBSI TAFT, US Navy Lt. Commander Martin McKenna said: Illegal fishing. He commended the RSLPF Marine Unit, led by Inspector Kentry Frederick, and noted that US Southern Command was “very keen to strengthen this bond and help its partners succeed in their mission.”