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Three-week regional military exercise in Jamaica kicks off today

Published:Monday | June 6, 2016 | 11:42 AM

Starting today, the Jamaica Defence Force (JDF) and troops from more than a dozen other countries will be participating in a three-week regional military exercise being hosted here. 

The JDF has advised that residents in communities where the troops will be should not be alarmed at their presence, vehicles and equipment. 

It also says no live rounds will be used in the so-called Exercise Tradewinds that will end on June 28. 

Exercise Tradewinds is an annual multinational maritime interdiction, ground security and interagency exercise facilitated and funded by the United States.

It will focus on Countering Transnational Organized Crime and will involve the participation of 19 countries from the Caribbean, Central America, the United States, the United Kingdom, Canada and France.

Residents are being asked not to interfere with or move any training aides they may come across.

Members of the public who may have concerns about the presence of soldiers in their area are urged to contact the JDF at 960-8776.