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CMI cadets participate in Tradewinds 2010 exercise

Published:Tuesday | April 27, 2010 | 12:00 AM
Executives of the Caribbean Maritime Institute (CMI) and the United States Coast Guard, along with CMI cadets, pose after a successful completion of the Tradewinds simulation exercise on April 21.

Twenty-five cadets from the Caribbean Maritime Institute (CMI) last week successfully completed the Tradewinds simulation exercise aboard the HMJS CAGWAY in Port Royal.

Tradewinds is a two-week-long training exercise sponsored by the United States Coast Guard (USCG) Southern Command which brings together partner nations to focus on maritime interdiction operations, command and control. Countries which participate include The Bahamas, Belize, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Grenada, Guyana, Haiti, Jamaica, Panama, St Kitts & Nevis, St Vincent & the Grenadines and the United States. The exercise was held on April 21.

The simulation involved role playing by the cadets, some of whom were involved in a mass casualty resulting from an aircraft accident, and others acted as rescue personnel conducting triage and first aid.

Efforts commended

Captain Michael Christian of the USCG, in addressing the cadets after the simulation exercise, commended them on their excellent role play and noted that their enthusiasm and excitement made the simulation appear real. He expressed his gratitude to executive director of the CMI, Fritz Pinnock and his team for making the cadets available for the exercise.

Tradewinds 2010 is broken down into two phases: the Blue Phase, which focuses on maritime operations and the Green Phase, which focuses on infantry operations which was held in Belize.

The United States Southern Command, located in Miami, Florida, is one of 10 unified combatant commands in the Department of Defence. It is responsible for providing contingency planning, operations and security cooperation for Central and South America, the Caribbean (except US commonwealths, territories and possessions), Cuba, as well as for the force protection of US military resources at these locations. SOUTHCOM is also responsible for ensuring the defence of the Panama Canal and canal area.

CMI is the Caribbean's leading maritime training institute and is a statutory organisation within the Ministry of Transport and Works, and in partnership with the Port Authority of Jamaica and the Shipping Association of Jamaica.