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Tradewinds 2017

​Tradewinds 2017 was a Caribbean-focused training exercise designed to help participants better respond to natural disasters and land and maritime threats. The training was conducted June 6 - 17 in two main phases in Barbados and Trinidad & Tobago with a final key leader seminar phase in Miami. The exercise included U.S. military and security agency personnel who trained alongside counterparts from 19 partner nations.

The U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Winslow Griesser, homeported in San Juan, Puerto Rico, transits toward the pier in Bridgetown, Barbados, June 7, 2017.

Service members from Belize, Jamaica, Trinidad and Tobago, and Mexican Marines discuss the objective before conducting a simulated raid on a hangar during Phase II of Exercise Tradewinds 2017 in Chaguaramas, Trinidad and Tobago, June 14, 2017. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Luke Hoogendam)

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Tradewinds 2017 Overview

Tradewinds 2017 was a Chairman of the Joint Chiefs-directed, U.S. Southern Command-sponsored annual exercise conducted in cooperation with Caribbean Basin partner nations. This exercise marked the 33rd iteration of the regionally focused, multi-nationally planned exercise, which dates back to mid-1980s.

Tradewinds supports the Caribbean Basin Security Initiative (CBSI), as well as U.S. Southern Command’s goal of building partner nation capacity at the tactical and operational levels. 

The exercise was designed to conduct joint, combined and interagency training which focuses on increasing regional cooperation for complex multinational security operations and humanitarian assistance and disaster response operations.

Participants

About 2,500 personnel participated in all phases of the exercise. 

Nations Involved

Antigua and Barbuda, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Grenada, Guyana, Haiti, Jamaica, St. Kitts and Nevis, Suriname, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Trinidad and Tobago, United States, Canada, France, Mexico, the Netherlands and the United Kingdom.

Participating regional organizations included the Regional Security System (RSS), Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency (CDEMA), and CARICOM.

U.S. Forces Involved

U.S. participation included U.S. Southern Command, U.S. Northern Command, U.S. Transportation Command, U.S. Army South, U.S. Marine Forces Southern Command, U.S. Naval Forces Southern Command; Special Operations Command South, U.S. Air Forces Southern, Joint Staff J7 South, U.S. Coast Guard, U.S. Army National Guard Units from Florida (83rd Troop Command), Louisiana, and Missouri, U.S. Air National Guard Units From Delaware and Rhode Island, USMC 2nd Law Enforcement Battalion, USMC 4th Civil Affairs Group, and USMC Operations Group 5. 

Training

Phase I

During Phase I in Barbados, regional civilian agencies, security forces and a Regional Observer/ Assessor Team focused on building participating nation capacity of the Barbados Security Forces, the nations of Regional Security System (RSS) and the Caribbean Community (CARICOM), specifically Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency (CDEMA) and the Agency for the Implementation of Crime and Security (IMPACS), in conducting humanitarian assistance/disaster relief training while focusing on related security concerns in cooperation with U.S., Canadian, French, and British forces. U.S. Coast Guard supported partner nations and focused on building participating nation capacity of the CARICOM maritime forces in counter- illicit trafficking operations in cooperation with other regional, U.S., British, Mexican, Canadian, and French forces.

Phase II

During Phase II in Trinidad and Tobago, regional civilian agencies, security forces and a Regional Observer/ Assessor Team focused on building participating nation capacity of the Trinidad and Tobago Security Forces, the nations of Regional Security System (RSS) and the Caribbean Community (CARICOM), specifically Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency (CDEMA) and the Agency for the Implementation of Crime and Security (IMPACS) focusing on related security concerns in cooperation with U.S., Canadian, French, and British forces. U.S. Coast Guard supported partner nations and focused on building participating nation capacity of the CARICOM maritime forces in counter- illicit trafficking operations in cooperation with other regional, U.S., British, Mexican, Canadian, and French forces.

Phase III - Key Leader Seminar

Phase III will consist of a Key Leader Seminar in Miami, Florida for SOUTHCOM and participating countries to discuss Phase I and II After Action Reviews and the way ahead for future Tradewinds exercises.

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