TTDF engages in Tradewinds Operation

A media release issued by the Ministry of National Security yesterday told people living near the camps they might notice the sound of explosions, blank gunfire and occasional flares from June 13 to 17, but said: “Citizens, residents, tenants and visitors to the area should not be alarmed as this would be part of ongoing exercises and controls are in place to ensure that there is no risk to persons or property.” Newsday spoke to Major Al Alexander, senior public affairs officer with the Defence Force, who said all exercises were taking place within the confines of the camps, and the National Security Ministry continued to make civilians’ safety a high priority.

The exercise is expected to see local national security agencies partneringwith over 20 regional affiliates, as well as the United States, Canada, Mexico, France, the Netherlands and the United Kingdom, and is aimed at strengthening local capacities with respect to disaster management and response, as well as counter-terrorist training.

Source: Newsday http://www.newsday.co.tt/news/0,244962.html

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