GUYANA: GDF and US Coast Guard joint operations commence

Scenes from yesterday’s Joint patrol by the GDF and US Coast Guard in Guyana’s waters.

Kaieteur News – The Guyana Defence Force (GDF) and the United States of America (USA) Coast Guard, yesterday began day one of their first joint operation in Guyana’s waters. The joint patrol is aimed at combating illegal fishing activities in local waters.         

Live photos of the exercise which took place off the coast of Guyana were posted on the US Embassy in Guyana’s Facebook page.

The US Coast vessel Guard Cutter Stone was seen patrolling side by side with The Eagle and The Hawk, two of the GDF Coast Guard boats. Ranks for both countries were also seen working together in crews.

The joint operation is the first of a series of activities stemming from the Shiprider Agreement signed in September of last year by US Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo and GDF’s Chief of Staff, Brigadier Godfrey Bess.

The agreement allows the US Coast guard to patrol Guyana’s waters alongside the GDF Coast Guard to combat illicit activities. The ongoing patrols will continue as the Guyana-Venezuela border case is engaging the attention of the International Court of Justice in The Hague, The Netherlands.

The case centers on claims by neighbouring Venezuela on large parts of Essequibo, Guyana’s gold rich county, and areas offshore Guyana where ExxonMobil is currently producing oil for Guyana.

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  • kamtanblog  On 01/10/2021 at 5:48 am

    Nice one !
    Sends the right signal to the mad dog maduro !
    Won’t surprise me if maduro is not removed in a military coup ! Usually how dictators are removed/replaced.


    • Kman  On 01/10/2021 at 3:48 pm

      Trump still in power!

      • brandli62  On 01/10/2021 at 4:24 pm

        No real power left without a Twitter account….

  • brandli62  On 01/10/2021 at 9:52 am

    These joint operations with the US coast guard could not happen more timely! Guyana needs to consider equipping their coast guard with better ships. It’s also an opportunity to provide jobs for locals.

  • Eugene Ross  On 01/10/2021 at 10:11 am

    It’s awesome when you see two countries cooperate and make joint efforts to do something good for the people.. these are crazy times and when you’re beside a crazy country it’s even more important I congratulate the people of Guyana and congratulate the people of the United States of America for showing what you can do in a positive way

  • detow  On 01/10/2021 at 11:52 am

    Good to see cooperation between Guyana and the USA but do not know how much help the USA will be to Guyana if Venezuela decides to use military force as America is now fighting its own civil war. Guyana should use oil money to build up it’s army, navy and Air Force to enable it to fight its own war against Venezuela.

    As someone said, let’s see what happens.

    • brandli62  On 01/10/2021 at 12:03 pm

      I agree that the Guyana needs to modernise its defence forces. This includes surveillance planes, drones, coast guard boats, and a small but powerful fleet of boats that are sufficient to deter any Venezuelan incursion into Guyanese territorial waters. It will be key to spend the money wisely to have the best impact. I would talk to the Israeli military experts to get advise how they do it best without spending an arm and a neck.

    • kamtanblog  On 01/10/2021 at 1:08 pm

      Good point USA NOW pre-occupied with its own dissidents ! Internal politricks !
      However disagree with spending to improve/increase Guyana’s military.

      Maduro does not have to invade Guyana …
      He just empties his jails of dissidents and offer
      them safe passage to his neighbours.
      David v Goliath scenario 29m v 1m
      It would make more sense to use some oil wealth to build up its infrastructure to accommodate/vet/investigate these new
      arrivals ….offer them Guyana residential status followed later by citizenship. Does Guyana have dual citizenship status ? Most developed countries recognise dual citizenship.
      Am a “National” of UK citizen of world.
      UK is my base camp.
      Guyana needs to move forward now that it has
      the resources (wealth) to do so.
      Am optimistic about its future !

      Certainly on my must visit 2021 listings.
      Once a guyanese always a guyanese !

      Go Guyana go
      Guyana got talent !

      Kamtan uk-ex-EU

  • wic  On 01/10/2021 at 1:55 pm

    Good stuff folks! In particular Dr. B’s, whose thinking tends to run parallel to mine.

    To Kamtan: all countries need to have well-trained armed forces to protect its people and its natural resources from predator nations/people. Coveting the natural resources of other countries including land and water, is the source of much of the world’s problems along with the need to distract citizens from mismanagement at home.

    Madura may already be playing the game by quietly encouraging people to leave (I heard that there are a few hundred thousand now in Guyana)and embedded with them are provocateurs and other subversives who may start trouble to give Madura an excuse to invade to “save Venezuela’s citizens who are being abused by Guyanese”. US support is therefore required as no Latin country will come to the aid of Guyana – Apna. The word is APNA not Apan as in the calypso and it means support your own. Any honest Hindu or Sikh would tell you so.

    When last I heard, Guyana had dual citizenship; however, if you got into trouble anywhere other than in Guyana, it may be advisable to whip out your UK passport to get better representation to bail you out.

    On your visit to Guyana, I suggest you had better make sure you are free of the COVID and its variant strain and not take it there and put it on the people or you may get a “bus ass”.

    • kamtanblog  On 01/10/2021 at 2:26 pm

      Ha ha hilarious laughter….
      My red uk pissport (word check) says
      Citizen of the UK/EU
      Most useful flag of convenience !
      Resident of uk citizen of Rome …ha ha
      If I was USA passport holder would certainly not be using it to travel if I have a uk/eu one.
      Most useful flag of convenience today is my uk/eu one. Any country that requires a visa for visiting is off my list of must visit. UK is being innoculated against CorV ….immunity from
      catching not transmitting. Have not used a plane or public transport since lockdown introduced …it’s home garden allotment ordering groceries/et all on line.
      A semi reclusive lifestyle.
      CorV will be with us for decades …aids still with us discovered in 1981. Spanish flu killed 50m
      WW1/2 another 50m what next !

      Love the life u live
      Live the life u love

      Enjoy yourself it’s later than u think 🤔

      Lord Kamtan uk-ex-EU

  • Dennis Albert  On 01/10/2021 at 3:43 pm

    Who wants to bet that America knows that the Guiana offshore basin (Guyana, Suriname and FR) contain over triple digit billion barrels of oil?

    If there was a measly 9 billion barrel of oil, America wouldn’t care a penny.

    • brandli62  On 01/10/2021 at 4:30 pm

      It does not really matter whether there are 9 billion or more barrels of oil buried in the Guyana-Suriname basin. Fact is that Exxon has a legal oil production contract with Guyana. If Venezuela were to interfere with Exxon’s oil business in Guyana, the US would make it very clear to Venezuela that they have to back off or face serious consequences. What more do you want?

  • Lman  On 01/10/2021 at 3:47 pm

    If you fall for the illegal fishing activities, then l have some prime swamplands to sell you.

    • brandli62  On 01/10/2021 at 4:33 pm

      You may want to talk to Trump. He is an expert in draining swamps and might have soon sufficient time to take care of your swamplands in Guyana. 😉

      • Kman  On 01/10/2021 at 8:06 pm

        He is going to be living near a swampland soon, Mara largo lol

      • brandli62  On 01/11/2021 at 3:34 am

        Correct! Given that the Trump Organization will have to file for bankruptcy sooner or later, he might be forced to sell the Mar-a-Lago estate….

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