As the start of Exercise Tradewinds 2012 approaches, a number of vessels from the United States military are expected to arrive at the Bridgetown Port, tomorrow, Wednesday, June 6, at noon.
They are the USAV Brandy Station and the USAV Mission Ridge – two Landing Craft Utility (LCU) vessels which are capable of transporting a large amount of cargo. They will be bringing infrastructural equipment to set up the training camps for Exercise Tradewinds.
A Canadian military aircraft is also expected to arrive tomorrow evening at the Grantley Adams International Airport as a component of the exercise.
Over 400 military personnel from 17 countries are expected to be in Barbados, when Exercise Tradewinds gets under way from June 15 to 24. It has as its theme: Promoting Regional and Hemispheric Security and Stability.
Exercise Tradewinds is an annual event which is sponsored by the United States Southern Command to counter transnational organised crime and promote cooperation among participating nations.