BATSUB receives new vehicles

vlcsnap-2013-04-02-19h56m50s205Although the British Government has scaled down its military operations in Belize, it is still a vital training base for British soldiers. Dr Andrew Murrisson MP, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for International Security Strategy at the UK Ministry of Defence, made an official visit here on the 21st and 22nd of March.  During the visit, Dr Murrisson officially presented a new fleet of twenty heavy duty vehicles, including a number of military six-tonners, to the British Army Training Support Unit Belize (BATSUB). Dr Murrisson said that the United Kingdom is very important in terms of their engagement in the region.  He acknowledged the longstanding and historic ties the UK has with Belize. and the upgrading of the fleet is a sign of how serious they are to continue the good relationship between the two countries in the future. Despite a gradual reduction in personnel attached to BATSUB since 2011, the detachment maintains its presence in Belize, where exercises in jungle warfare are routinely conducted. Dr Murrisson said he hoped they will be able to continue their program of training here into the future, noting that it’s a valuable training environment for British forces.   He said he thinks jungle training is very important, and Belize offers an ideal environment for that.   Is the British presence here likely to build back up any time soon?  Dr Murrisson could only note that the British armed forces are very dynamic these days, and their posture does change from time to time.  He said his visit here was to take note of what Belize has to offer, and what he discovered out here will certainly form his Government’s views on what they do in the future. Minister Murrisson also had time to visit the Belize Defence Force, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Ministry of National Security. This is the second visit by a UK Minister in the past 4 months following Minister Hugo Swire’s visit in November 2012. The photos used in this story were obtained from Gov.UK.com

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