Tradewinds 2015: Strengthening parternships throughout the Caribbean

Tradewinds 2015 is underway!

Tradewinds, an annual Caribbean-focused exercise overseen by U.S. Southern Command, focuses on building and strengthening partnerships. The exercise helps nations better respond to natural disasters and land and maritime threats, including illicit trafficking.

This month, the U.S. Coast Guard joins partners from 18 other nations, along with crews from the U.S Navy, U.S. Marine Corps and National Guard, to train these partner nations in damage control operations, non-compliant vessel operations and other maritime activities.

Nations taking part in Tradewinds 2015 include Antigua and Barbuda, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Canada, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Grenada, Guyana, Haiti, Jamaica, Kingdom of the Netherlands, Mexico, St. Kitts and Nevis, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Suriname, Trinidad and Tobago and the United Kingdom.

 

Petty Officer 1st Class Steve Stokes, a U.S. Coast Guard boat coxswain, converses with a boat crew aboard a St. Vincent and Grenadines 33-foot Special Purpose Craft-Law Enforcement boat in the Christophe Harbour, St. Ktts, prior to beginning a non-compliant vessel pursuit exercise during Tradewinds 15, June 1, 2015. The combined, joint U.S. Southern Command sponsored exercise strengthens the capacity of Caribbean nations to respond to natural disasters, humanitarian crises and counter transnational organized crime. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Levi Read.

Petty Officer 1st Class Steve Stokes, a U.S. Coast Guard boat coxswain, converses with a boat crew aboard a St. Vincent and Grenadines 33-foot Special Purpose Craft-Law Enforcement boat in the Christophe Harbour, St. Ktts, prior to beginning a non-compliant vessel pursuit exercise during Tradewinds 15, June 1, 2015. The combined, joint U.S. Southern Command sponsored exercise strengthens the capacity of Caribbean nations to respond to natural disasters, humanitarian crises and counter transnational organized crime. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Levi Read.

 

Lt. Cmdr. Gregory Higgins, commanding officer of the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Kathleen Moore, discusses cutter operations with Guyana Defence Force Coast Guard member Joshua McKenzie June 4 while underway for a gunnery exercise in the Caribbean Sea, off the coast of St. Kitts and Nevis, during Tradewinds 2015. The combined, joint U.S. Southern Command-sponsored exercise strengthens the capacity of Caribbean nations to respond to natural disasters, humanitarian crises and counter transnational organized crime. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Levi Read.

Lt. Cmdr. Gregory Higgins, commanding officer of the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Kathleen Moore, discusses cutter operations with Guyana Defence Force Coast Guard member Joshua McKenzie June 4 while underway for a gunnery exercise in the Caribbean Sea, off the coast of St. Kitts and Nevis, during Tradewinds 2015. The combined, joint U.S. Southern Command-sponsored exercise strengthens the capacity of Caribbean nations to respond to natural disasters, humanitarian crises and counter transnational organized crime. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Levi Read.

 

A member of the Dominican navy fires a .50-caliber machine gun aboard the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Kathleen Moore during a gunnery exercise June 4 in the Caribbean Sea, off the coast of St. Kitts and Nevis, at Tradewinds 2015. The combined, joint U.S. Southern Command-sponsored exercise strengthens the capacity of Caribbean nations to respond to natural disasters, humanitarian crises and counter transnational organized crime. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Levi Read.

A member of the Dominican navy fires a .50-caliber machine gun aboard the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Kathleen Moore during a gunnery exercise June 4 in the Caribbean Sea, off the coast of St. Kitts and Nevis, at Tradewinds 2015. The combined, joint U.S. Southern Command-sponsored exercise strengthens the capacity of Caribbean nations to respond to natural disasters, humanitarian crises and counter transnational organized crime. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Levi Read.

 

U.S. Coast Guard Seaman Teal Tenyck observes a .50-caliber gunnery exercise June 4 for members of the Dominican navy and Guyana Defence Forces Coast Guard aboard the Coast Guard Cutter Kathleen Moore as part of Tradewinds 2015. The combined, joint U.S. Southern Command-sponsored exercise strengthens the capacity of Caribbean nations to respond to natural disasters, humanitarian crises and counter transnational organized crime. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Levi Read.

U.S. Coast Guard Seaman Teal Tenyck observes a .50-caliber gunnery exercise June 4 for members of the Dominican navy and Guyana Defence Forces Coast Guard aboard the Coast Guard Cutter Kathleen Moore as part of Tradewinds 2015. The combined, joint U.S. Southern Command-sponsored exercise strengthens the capacity of Caribbean nations to respond to natural disasters, humanitarian crises and counter transnational organized crime. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Levi Read.

 

Royal Canadian Navy Leading Seaman Freda Fraser climbs down a Jacob's ladder into a small boat from the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Kathleen Moore June 4 after an underway gunnery exercise where she was able to learn about maritime operations aboard the cutter during Tradewinds 2015. The combined, joint U.S. Southern Command-sponsored exercise strengthens the capacity of Caribbean nations to respond to natural disasters, humanitarian crises and counter transnational organized crime. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Levi Read.

Royal Canadian Navy Leading Seaman Freda Fraser climbs down a Jacob’s ladder into a small boat from the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Kathleen Moore June 4 after an underway gunnery exercise where she was able to learn about maritime operations aboard the cutter during Tradewinds 2015. The combined, joint U.S. Southern Command-sponsored exercise strengthens the capacity of Caribbean nations to respond to natural disasters, humanitarian crises and counter transnational organized crime. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Levi Read.

 

A St. Kitts Nevis Coast Guard 33-foot Special Purpose Craft – Law Enforcement boat closes in on the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Kathleen Moore to embark a boarding crew at a culminating maritime event June 6 during Tradewinds 2015 Phase One. The Kathleen Moore role-played as a fishing vessel suspected of smuggling drugs. Tradewinds 2015 is a joint, combined exercise conducted in conjunction with partner nations to enhance the collective abilities of defense forces and constabularies to counter transnational organized crime and to conduct humanitarian/disaster relief operations. (US. Army National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Scott Tynes.

A St. Kitts Nevis Coast Guard 33-foot Special Purpose Craft – Law Enforcement boat closes in on the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Kathleen Moore to embark a boarding crew at a culminating maritime event June 6 during Tradewinds 2015 Phase One. The Kathleen Moore role-played as a fishing vessel suspected of smuggling drugs. Tradewinds 2015 is a joint, combined exercise conducted in conjunction with partner nations to enhance the collective abilities of defense forces and constabularies to counter transnational organized crime and to conduct humanitarian/disaster relief operations. (US. Army National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Scott Tynes.

Suriname National Armed Forces Cpl. 1st Class Marlon Paye aims a prop gun at U.S. Coast Guard members (exercise opposition) during a non-compliant vessel pursuit and stop June 6 at the culminating exercise of Tradewinds 2015 Phase One. The combined, joint U.S. Southern Command-sponsored exercise strengthens the capacity of Caribbean nations to respond to natural disasters, humanitarian crises and counter transnational organized crime. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Levi Read.

Suriname National Armed Forces Cpl. 1st Class Marlon Paye aims a prop gun at U.S. Coast Guard members (exercise opposition) during a non-compliant vessel pursuit and stop June 6 at the culminating exercise of Tradewinds 2015 Phase One. The combined, joint U.S. Southern Command-sponsored exercise strengthens the capacity of Caribbean nations to respond to natural disasters, humanitarian crises and counter transnational organized crime. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Levi Read.

 

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