Belize Defence Force Joins Trogon Shield Jamaica

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Trogon Shield BDF Jamaica

The Belize Defence Force (BDF) has officially arrived in Jamaica to participate in Exercise Trogon Shield, marking the second and final contingent to join the exercise after the Royal Bahamas Defence Force (RBDF) arrived on Friday, March 29, 2024.

Exercise Trogon Shield brings together service personnel from the Jamaica Defence Force (JDF), Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF), RBDF, and now the BDF, as they integrate into a CARICOM Joint Task Force (CJTF) construct. The primary focus of the exercise is to train, plan, and execute a wide range of scenario-driven security activities.

Hosted by the Government of Jamaica in collaboration with the Canadian Government, Trogon Shield aims to enhance regional cooperation and readiness among Caribbean nations.

While that JDF post makes no mention of Haiti, a release from the Canadian Defence Ministry says “Yesterday, approximately 70 Canadian Armed Forces members deployed to Jamaica…they will provide training to military personnel from CARICOM nations who are set to deploy to Haiti as part of the United Nations-authorized, Kenyan-led, Multinational Security Support (MSS) mission.”
The Canadian release adds “This Canadian training will prepare the CARICOM troops to deploy on the Kenyan-led MSS mission and to bolster the Haitian National Police (HNP) in their efforts to restore security for the people of Haiti. This Canadian-led training will take place at the Canadian Armed Forces’ Operational Support Hub in Jamaica.”