British Royal Navy to conduct OPV training with TT Coast Guard

Friday, January 13, 2017 - 09:45

Britain’s Royal Navy is sending an International Maritime Training Team to Port of Spain to deliver two weeks of Offshore Patrol Vessel training to the Trinidad & Tobago Coast Guard (TTCG) in January 2017, a statement by the British Foreign and Commonwealth Office says.

"The intense training begins on 16 January at the TTCG Headquarters and will cover a range of subjects including: Seamanship, Ship Safety (Fire fighting and Damage Control), Manpower Organisation, Bridge Management, Planning, Command Considerations and Physical Security (Ship/Force Protection)," the statement said.

The training will be carried out by the British Royal Navy team, supported by the British High Commission and the British Defence Attaché, visiting from Kingston.

Commenting on the planned training British High Commissioner Tim Stew said:

“Following several visits to Trinidad & Tobago by British naval vessels in 2016 I’m delighted to welcome the Royal Navy back to Trinidad and Tobago so soon in 2017. It’s an important area of training for the TTCG, to help them get the best out of their assets. And it’s another sign of the strong partnership between our two countries, including in fighting transnational crime.”