The crew of U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Paul Clark (WPC 1106) hosted search and rescue (SAR) training to representatives from six countries in the Caribbean Sea.
The Jamaican Defense Force – Coast Guard, Belize Coast Guard, Royal Canadian Navy, British Royal Navy, Mexican Navy and U.S. Navy were all on hand for the extensive, day-long training.
The afternoon was given over to hands-on drills where the students were put on small boats and sent out to sea. The drills simulated real-world fire and flooding situations and required the students to put their classroom training to practical use.
It was an exhausting day at sea for all the students but the relationship building experience here during the maritime phase of Tradewinds 2015 has already made an impact.
Tradewinds is a combined, joint U.S. Southern Command-sponsored exercise and an opportunity for the participating partner nations to come together to enhance regional maritime security.