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Tradewinds 2018

​Tradewinds 2018 is a Caribbean-focused training exercise designed to help participants better respond to natural disasters and land and maritime threats. The training will be conducted June 4 - 21 in two main phases in St. Kitts & Nevis and the Bahamas with a final key leader seminar phase in Miami. The exercise includes U.S. military and security agency personnel who will train with counterparts from more than 20 partner nations.

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Members of the Rhode Island National Guard look out from the back of an airplane
NASSAU, Bahamas (June 20, 2018) Members of the Rhode Island National Guard and Rhode Island Air National Guard look out from the back of a C-130 while flying over waters off the Bahamas during a surface search exercise looking for a distressed vessel as part of Tradewinds 2018. Tradewinds is a U.S. Southern Command spo ...More
Members of the Rhode Island National Guard look out from the back of an airplane
NASSAU, Bahamas (June 20, 2018) Members of the Rhode Island National Guard and Rhode Island Air National Guard look out from the back of a C-130 while flying over waters off the Bahamas while conducting a surface search exercise looking for a distressed vessel as part of Tradewinds 2018. Tradewinds is a U.S. Southern C ...More
Members of the Rhode Island National Guard look out from the back of an airplane
NASSAU, Bahamas (June 20, 2018) Staff Sgt. Chris Jacobs, of the Rhode Island Air National Guard, stands inside his crew’s C-130 as they prepare to fly over waters off the Bahamas to conduct a surface search for a distressed vessel as part of Tradewinds 2018. Tradewinds is a U.S. Southern Command sponsored exercise that ...More
Members of the Rhode Island National Guard look out from the back of an airplane
NASSAU, Bahamas (June 20, 2018) Staff Sgt. Chris Jacobs (left) and Senior Airman Nicholas Agosta, both of the Rhode Island Air National Guard, talk while preparing their C-130 for a flight over waters off the Bahamas to conduct a surface search for a distressed vessel as part of Tradewinds 2018. Tradewinds is a U.S. So ...More
Military troops talk.
NASSAU, Bahamas (June 20, 2018) Logistics Specialist 1st Class Javiel Gonzalez (right), of U.S. Southern Command, speaks with Commodore Tellis A. Bethel, commander, Royal Bahamas Defence Force (center) and Col. Andrew J. Chevalier, of the Rhode Island National Guard, before a joint forces assault exercise during Tradew ...More
Military members talk.
NASSAU, Bahamas (June 20, 2018) Maj. Gen. Robert M. Brayon, of U.S. Southern Command (right), speaks with Commodore Tellis A. Bethel, commander, Royal Bahamas Defence Force (center) and Col. Andrew J. Chevalier, of the Rhode Island National Guard, before a joint forces assault exercise during Tradewinds 2018. Tradewind ...More
A Mexican Marine takes a knee while aiming a rifle.
NASSAU, Bahamas (June 20, 2018) A Mexican Marine takes a knee during a joint forces assault exercise during Tradewinds 2018. Tradewinds is a U.S. Southern Command sponsored exercise that provides participating Caribbean nations the opportunity to improve security and disaster response capabilities. This year’s focus is ...More
Royal Bahamas Defence Force members and Mexican Marines huddle together.
NASSAU, Bahamas (June 20, 2018) Royal Bahamas Defence Force members and Mexican Marines band together before a troop movement while a role player acts injured during a joint forces assault exercise during Tradewinds 2018. Tradewinds is a U.S. Southern Command sponsored exercise that provides participating Caribbean nat ...More
Military members talk.
NASSAU, Bahamas (June 20, 2018) -- Maj. Christopher J. Ahlemeyer, of the Rhode Island National Guard (right), speaks with Commodore Tellis A. Bethel, commander, Royal Bahamas Defence Force (center), and Col. Andrew J. Chevalier, of the Rhode Island National Guard, following a joint forces assault exercise Tradewinds 20 ...More
Maj. Gen. Robert M. Branyon speaks at podium.
CORAL HARBOUR, Bahamas (June 20, 2018) Maj. Gen. Robert M. Branyon, of U.S. Southern Command, gives remarks on board the Royal Bahamas Defence Force's Coral Harbour Base during the closing ceremony for Tradewinds 2018 Phase II, which ran from 14-21 June. Tradewinds is a U.S. Southern Command sponsored exercise that pro ...More
Military personnel talk inside a helicopter.
NASSAU, Bahamas (June 17, 2018) U.S. Army Sgt. Jordan Ford, of New Hampshire Army National Guard 1st Battalion, 169th Aviation Regiment, discusses safety procedures for troop loading and unloading on a UH-60 Blackhawk helicopter with Mexican Marines during a familiarization and cold-load training event on board the Roy ...More
Military personnel talk inside a helicopter.
NASSAU, Bahamas (June 17, 2018) U.S. Army Sgt. Jordan Ford, of New Hampshire Army National Guard 1st Battalion, 169th Aviation Regiment, discusses safety procedures for troop loading and unloading on a UH-60 Blackhawk helicopter with Mexican Marines during a familiarization and cold-load training event on board the Roy ...More
Military personnel talk by a helicopter.
NASSAU, Bahamas (June 17, 2018) Mexican Marines talk during a UH-60 Blackhawk helicopter familiarization and cold-load training event on board the Royal Bahamas Defence Force’s Coral Harbour Base as part of Tradewinds 2018. Tradewinds is a U.S. Southern Command sponsored exercise that provides participating Caribbean n ...More
Military personnel talk by a helicopter.
NASSAU, Bahamas (June 17, 2018) Members of the U.S. and Mexican armed forces talk during a UH-60 Blackhawk helicopter during a familiarization and cold-load training event on board the Royal Bahamas Defence Force’s Coral Harbour Base as part of Tradewinds 2018. Tradewinds is a U.S. Southern Command sponsored exercise t ...More
Troops interact with a child in the Bahamas.
NASSAU, Bahamas (June 14, 2018) Master-at-Arms 3rd Class Gregory Mitchell, assigned to Navy Reserve, Navy Security Force Bethesda (left), Sub. Lt. Shawn Evans of the Royal Bahamas Defence Force (center) and a member of the British Army interact with a child during a visit to the Bahamas Association for the Physically D ...More
Coast guard boats conduct training off the Bahamas
NASSAU, Bahamas (June 13, 2018) A small U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) boat assigned to USCG Cutter Charles David Jr. (WPC-1107) navigates between two small Royal marine boats as they conduct a non-compliant vessel procedure exercise together during Tradewinds 2018. Tradewinds is a U.S. Southern Command sponsored exercise tha ...More
Coast guard boats conduct training off the Bahamas
180613-N-RG360-0447 NASSAU, Bahamas (June 13, 2018) U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) Machinery Technician 1st Class Kevin Moore, assigned to USCG Cutter Charles David Jr. (WPC-1107), looks on as his small boat enters the stern gate of the ship following a non-compliant vessel procedure exercise with Royal marines during Trad ...More
Coast guard boats conduct training off the Bahamas
NASSAU, Bahamas (June 13, 2018) U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) Boatswain’s Mate 1st Class Carl Jester (left) and Machinery Technician 2nd Class Christian Jankuhn (right), assigned to USCG Cutter Charles David Jr. (WPC-1107), come along another small boat as they conduct a non-compliant vessel procedure exercise with Royal mar ...More
Coast guard boats conduct training off the Bahamas
NASSAU, Bahamas (June 13, 2018) U.S. Coast Guardsmen assigned to USCG Cutter Charles David Jr. (WPC-1107) conduct a small boat non-compliant vessel procedure exercise with Royal marine commandos (right boat) during Tradewinds 2018. Tradewinds is a U.S. Southern Command sponsored exercise that provides participating Car ...More
Ships sail in formation in the Atlantic Ocean.
ATLANTIC OCEAN (June 16, 2018) British ship RFA Mounts Bay (l3008) (left) leads United States Coast Guard Cutter Charles David Jr (WPC-1107) (center, top), Canadian Ship HMCS Shawinigan (MM 704) (top, right), and Mexican Navy ship ARM Oaxaca (PO 161) (bottom, right) during a formation exercise in the Atlantic Ocean, of ...More
Ships sail in formation in the Atlantic Ocean.
80613-N-ZZ999-0004 ATLANTIC OCEAN (June 16, 2018) British ship RFA Mounts Bay (l3008) leads United States Coast Guard Cutter Charles David Jr (WPC-1107) (center, rear), Mexican Navy ship ARM Oaxaca (PO 161) (center, front), and Canadian Ship HMCS Shawinigan (MM 704) (right), during a formation exercise in the Atlan ...More
Ships sail in formation in the Atlantic Ocean.
ATLANTIC OCEAN (June 16, 2018) Canadian Ship HMCS Shawinigan (MM 704) (left) steams with Mexican Navy ship ARM Oaxaca (PO 161) and Mexican helicopter AS365N3 Panther during a formation exercise in the Atlantic Ocean, off the coast of the Bahamas during the U.S. Southern Command-sponsored exercise, Tradewinds 18. Tradew ...More
Ships sail in formation in the Atlantic Ocean.
ATLANTIC OCEAN (June 16, 2018) British ship RFA Mounts Bay (l3008) (top) leads Mexican Navy ship ARM Oaxaca (PO 161) (left), United States Coast Guard Cutter Charles David Jr (WPC-1107) (right), and Canadian Ship HMCS Shawinigan (MM 704) (bottom) during a formation exercise in the Atlantic Ocean, off the coast of the ...More
Multinational troops conduct joint training exercise in St. Kitts and Nevis.
Barbados Defence Force soldiers clear a building during the culminating tactical joint training exercise of Tradewinds 2018 June 11, 2018, at the Fort Thomas Hotel in Basseterre, St. Kitts and Nevis. Tradewinds is a U.S. Southern Command sponsored exercise that provides participating Caribbean nations the opportunity t ...More
Multinational troops conduct joint training exercise in St. Kitts and Nevis.
Royal Bahamas Defence and Police Force members conduct close quarters battle training during the culminating tactical joint training exercise of Tradewinds 2018 June 11, 2018, at the Fort Thomas Hotel in Basseterre, St. Kitts and Nevis. Tradewinds is a U.S. Southern Command sponsored exercise that provides participatin ...More
Multinational troops conduct joint training exercise in St. Kitts and Nevis.
Royal Bahamas Defence and Police Force members conduct close quarters battle training during the culminating tactical joint training exercise of Tradewinds 2018 June 11, 2018, at the Fort Thomas Hotel in Basseterre, St. Kitts and Nevis. Tradewinds is a U.S. Southern Command sponsored exercise that provides participatin ...More
Multinational troops conduct joint training exercise in St. Kitts and Nevis.
Belize Defence Force and Dominican Republic Army soldiers conduct close quarters battle training during the culminating tactical joint training exercise of Tradewinds 2018 June 11, 2018, at the Fort Thomas Hotel in Basseterre, St. Kitts and Nevis. Tradewinds is a U.S. Southern Command sponsored exercise that provides p ...More
Multinational troops conduct joint training exercise in St. Kitts and Nevis.
Belize Defense Force soldiers carry simulated wounded Dominican Republic army soldiers to a casualty collection point during the culminating tactical joint training exercise of Tradewinds 2018 June 11, 2018, at the Fort Thomas Hotel in Basseterre, St. Kitts and Nevis. Tradewinds is a U.S. Southern Command sponsored exe ...More
Multinational troops conduct joint training exercise in St. Kitts and Nevis.
Belize Defence Force soldiers provide security for partner nations during the culminating tactical joint training exercise of Tradewinds 2018 June 11, 2018, at the Fort Thomas Hotel in Basseterre St. Kitts and Nevis. Tradewinds is a U.S. Southern Command sponsored exercise that provides participating Caribbean nations ...More
Multinational troops conduct joint training exercise in St. Kitts and Nevis.
Royal Bahamas Defence Force soldiers carry a simulated wounded soldier to a casualty collection point during the culminating tactical joint training exercise of Tradewinds 2018 June 11, 2018, at the Fort Thomas Hotel in Basseterre St. Kitts and Nevis. Tradewinds is a U.S. Southern Command sponsored exercise that provid ...More
Members of the Rhode Island National Guard look out from the back of an airplane
Members of the Rhode Island National Guard look out from the back of an airplane
Members of the Rhode Island National Guard look out from the back of an airplane
Members of the Rhode Island National Guard look out from the back of an airplane
Military troops talk.
Military members talk.
A Mexican Marine takes a knee while aiming a rifle.
Royal Bahamas Defence Force members and Mexican Marines huddle together.
Military members talk.
Maj. Gen. Robert M. Branyon speaks at podium.
Military personnel talk inside a helicopter.
Military personnel talk inside a helicopter.
Military personnel talk by a helicopter.
Military personnel talk by a helicopter.
Troops interact with a child in the Bahamas.
Coast guard boats conduct training off the Bahamas
Coast guard boats conduct training off the Bahamas
Coast guard boats conduct training off the Bahamas
Coast guard boats conduct training off the Bahamas
Ships sail in formation in the Atlantic Ocean.
Ships sail in formation in the Atlantic Ocean.
Ships sail in formation in the Atlantic Ocean.
Ships sail in formation in the Atlantic Ocean.
Multinational troops conduct joint training exercise in St. Kitts and Nevis.
Multinational troops conduct joint training exercise in St. Kitts and Nevis.
Multinational troops conduct joint training exercise in St. Kitts and Nevis.
Multinational troops conduct joint training exercise in St. Kitts and Nevis.
Multinational troops conduct joint training exercise in St. Kitts and Nevis.
Multinational troops conduct joint training exercise in St. Kitts and Nevis.
Multinational troops conduct joint training exercise in St. Kitts and Nevis.
LATEST IMAGERY FROM TRADEWINDS 2018

Tradewinds 2018 Overview

Tradewinds 2018 is a Chairman of the Joint Chiefs-directed, U.S. Southern Command-sponsored annual exercise conducted in cooperation with Caribbean Basin partner nations. This exercise dates back to the 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 is 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 1,700 personnel will take part in all phases of the exercise. 

Nations Involved

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

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

U.S. Forces Involved

U.S. participation includes U.S. Southern Command, U.S. Coast Guard, U.S. Navy Reserve, U.S. Army Reserve and U.S. Army National Guard, U.S. Naval Forces Southern Command, and U.S. Army National Guard.

Training

This year’s Tradewinds has three phases. Phase I will include land operations and will take place in St. Kitts. Phase II will include maritime and land operations and will take place in and off the coast of the Bahamas. Although the most visible portions of this exercise are the maritime and field portions in Phase I and II, there is a Key Leader Seminar scheduled from July 17-19 in Miami, Florida, for key stakeholders and decision makers from within the region. 

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