Thursday, June 18, 2015

Canadian, Mexican navies, Belize coast guard divers train together

Canadian, Mexican navies, Belize coast guard divers train together
SAN PEDRO, Belize - Leading Seaman Drew Griffith, (L) Royal Canadian navy, and Ensign Charles Francisco of the Belize coast guard resurface after completing a circular search dive together during the maritime, phase II of the Tradewinds 2015 exercise. 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. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class (SW) Dan Meaney/Released)

San Pedro, Belize June 17, 2015 - The Royal Canadian Navy’s Fleet Diving Unit, Atlantic is working with partner countries here during the maritime, phase II of Tradewinds 2015 exercise.
“We worked with 14 countries in phase I,” said Canadian Leading Seaman Josh Oldford. “Now, during phase II, we’re training with divers from the Mexican Navy and the Belize Coast Guard. It’s been a great experience.”
The training includes days in the classroom with topics like dive physiology, first aid dive signals and search techniques. After the classroom portion is complete the divers head to sea.
“Circular searches are just one of the many search procedures we are doing together,” said Ensign Charles Francisco of the Belize coast guard. “The training is helpful but I think the longest lasting impact of this year’s Tradewinds is the friendships we’ve all made – those are what will last.”
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. The exercise is scheduled to continue through June 24.

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