At Wednesday’s ceremony for the donation of police vehicles by the U.S. Embassy, CEO in the Ministry of National Security Col. George Lovell made an entreaty to his American partners for assistance of a different kind – helicopter support.
The Americans have sent helicopters to be used in major drug operations, but CEO Lovell made the case for more consistent usage.
“We certainly need it for search and rescue. Tow of the examples that I gave yesterday. One was search and rescue operations that we were engaged in or the American Ranger who went missing and still missing. They did provide helicopter support, but helicopter support in my mind, was provided a few days late. Had we had the assets available to us, we would have been able to get out there in a timely fashion. These were two of the things that I mentioned publicly that Joint Task Force Bravo Helicopters that came in to the anti drug operations, what we achieved in two days, we would have been able to achieve in the whole year with our security forces not having that type of air asset”.
According to the CEO he has included the British, whose BATSUB base closed down a few years ago, and the Canadians in his call. All three countries jointly operate a base at BDF headquarters at Price Barracks, Ladyville.