Tradewinds Exercise 2016: Enhancing defense forces, combating transnational crime

The 2016 Tradewinds exercise is in full swing. The exercise is designed to help nations become better equipped when responding to natural disasters and land and maritime threats, including illicit trafficking. Tradewinds has also been identified in the Coast Guard commandant’s Western Hemisphere Strategy as a crucial cornerstone to the fight against countering transnational organized crime in the Caribbean region, specifically smuggling illicit drugs, people and weapons.

Tradewinds 2015

Tradewinds 2015: Strengthening parternships throughout the Caribbean

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.

Tradewinds 2014 high speed pursuit training

Tradewinds 2014: A joint training effort

The island of Antigua was abuzz with activity during a typically slow off-season. For six days beginning in early June, more than 100 members from the U.S. military, Royal Canadian Navy and military units from 11 Caribbean nations commuted daily across the island to conduct maritime training during the first phase of Tradewinds 2014. Tradewinds is a joint and combined exercise designed to enhance the military and law enforcement capabilities of Caribbean partner nations in maritime security and disaster response training.

DC3 Brammer

There to fix it

Three small parts made one big difference for the crew of GC 109 Orion, a Dominican Republic patrol boat that received the critical components fabricated by a damage controlman aboard U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Oak in Saint Lucia during Tradewinds 2013. The replacement parts were a gift, custom-tailored for Orion by Petty Officer 3rd Class Marilyn A. Brammer, a damage controlman from Atwater, Calif. Brammer called upon nearly four years of training and experience to build these parts – three stainless steel, seawater strainers for Orion’s engine cooling system.

Damage control training

Tradewinds 2012: Strengthening Caribbean safety & security

Through the sweltering 85-degree Caribbean heat and 79 percent humidity, U.S. Coast Guard members renewed partnerships with 16 other countries during Exercise Tradewinds 2012.

Exercise Tradewinds 2011

Coast Guard joins international partners in Tradewinds 2011

Written by Petty Officer 3rd Class George Degener More than 135 U.S. Coast Guard personnel are on the ground and on the water in Antigua and Barbuda this week working with more than 20 partner nations in support of Exercise […]