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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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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
First responders conduct a simulated mass casualty drill.
St. Kitts and Nevis Fire Service firefighters carry a simulated casualty to a casualty collection point while responding to the plane crash scenario during Tradewinds 2018 June 9, 2018, in Basseterre, St. Kitts. Tradewinds is a U.S. Southern Command sponsored exercise that provides participating Caribbean nations the o ...More
First responders conduct a simulated mass casualty drill.
St. Kitts and Nevis Health Services personnel prepare simulated victims of an airplane crash for transportation to the hospital during Tradewinds 2018 June 9, 2018, in Basseterre, St. Kitts. Tradewinds is a U.S. Southern Command sponsored exercise that provides participating Caribbean nations the opportunity to improve ...More
First responders conduct a simulated mass casualty drill.
Role-players pose as airplane crash victims in a mass casualty scenario during Tradewinds 2018 June 9, 2018, in Basseterre, St. Kitts. Tradewinds is a U.S. Southern Command sponsored exercise that provides participating Caribbean nations the opportunity to improve security and disaster response capabilities. (U.S. Army ...More
First responders conduct a simulated mass casualty drill.
Anson Belle, a constable with the Royal St. Christopher and Nevis Police Force, conducts traffic control during an airplane crash simulation as part of Tradewinds 2018 June 9, 2018, in Basseterre, St. Kitts. Tradewinds is a U.S. Southern Command sponsored exercise that provides participating Caribbean nations the oppor ...More
First responders conduct a simulated mass casualty drill.
Lesroy Caines, (right) the station officer for Robert L. Bradshaw International Airport fire house, recieves a report from his firefighters while responding to the plane crash scenario during Tradewinds 2018 June 9, 2018, in Basseterre, St. Kitts. Tradewinds is a U.S. Southern Command sponsored exercise that provides p ...More
Forces from Grenada train with U.S. Marines.
Morris Richardson, a constable with the Grenada Special Service Unit, detains Marine Lance Cpl. Ryan J. Hammonds, a military police officer with the 2nd Law Enforcement Battalion, II Marine Expeditionary Force, during Tradewinds 2018 June 6, 2018, in Basseterre, St. Kitts. Tradewinds provides participating countries th ...More
Forces from Grenada train with U.S. Marines.
Marine Staff Sgt. James W. Warren, a military police officer with the 2nd Law Enforcement Battalion, II Marine Expeditionary Force, conducts a review of vehicle search techniques with members of the Grenada Special Service Unit during Tradewinds 2018 June 6, 2018, in Basseterre, St. Kitts. Tradewinds provides participa ...More
Forces from Guiana train with U.S. Marines.
Guiana Defence Force Soldiers conduct close quarters battle training during Tradewinds 2018 June 6, 2018, in Basseterre, St. Kitts and Nevis. Tradewinds provides participating countries the opportunity to improve security and disaster response capabilities. (U.S. Army National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Shane Hamann, 10 ...More
Haiti National Police train during Tradewinds exercise.
Officers with the Haiti National Police prepare practice entry techniques using a diversionary grenade, or “flash bang,” in close quarters battle training during Tradewinds 2018 June 6, 2018, in Basseterre, St. Kitts. Tradewinds provides participating countries the opportunity to improve security and disaster response ...More
Grenada forces train with U.S. Marines during Tradewinds exercise.
Marine Staff Sgt. James W. Warren, a military police officer with the 2nd Law Enforcement Battalion, II Marine Expeditionary Force, role-plays a drug trafficker with members of the Grenada Special Service Unit during Tradewinds 2018 June 6, 2018, in Basseterre, St. Kitts. Tradewinds provides participating countries the ...More
The St. Kitts and Nevis Defence Force performs.
The St. Kitts and Nevis Defence Force band leads the participating partner nations’ military, police and security force members through the streets of Basseterre, St. Kitts, at the conclusion of the opening ceremony of Tradewinds 2018 June 4, 2018. Tradewinds is a combined, joint exercise that helps build the capacity ...More
Royal Bahamas Defence Force members march.
Royal Bahamas Defence Force members march from the parade ground during the opening ceremony of Tradewinds 2018 in Basseterre, St. Kitts, June 4, 2018. Exercise Tradewinds provides the opportunity for participants to collaborate to solve regional challenges. (U.S. Army National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Shane Hamann, 1 ...More
U.S. Ambassador to Barbados and the Eastern Caribbean, Linda S. Taglialatela, speaks at a podium.
The U.S. Ambassador to Barbados and the Eastern Caribbean, Linda S. Taglialatela, addresses partner nations during the opening ceremony of Tradewinds 2018 June 4, 2018, in Basseterre, St. Kitts. Tradewinds provides opportunities for participating countries to improve security and disaster response capabilities. (U.S. A ...More
U.S. Army National Guard Soldiers greet school children.
U.S. Army National Guard Soldiers with 2nd Battalion, 53rd Infantry Brigade, Florida National Guard, greet school children after the opening ceremony of Tradewinds 2018 June 4, 2018, in Basseterre, St. Kitts. Tradewinds is a combined, joint exercise that helps build the capacity of U.S forces and Caribbean nations to r ...More
Colombian Brig. Gen. Jaun P. Forero speaks at a podium.
Colombian Brig. Gen. Jaun P. Forero, the U.S. Southern Command exercise and coalition affairs directorate, addresses members of partner nations during the opening ceremony of Tradewinds 2018 June 4, 2018, in Basseterre, St. Kitts. Tradewinds provides opportunities for participating countries to improve security and dis ...More
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.
First responders conduct a simulated mass casualty drill.
First responders conduct a simulated mass casualty drill.
First responders conduct a simulated mass casualty drill.
First responders conduct a simulated mass casualty drill.
First responders conduct a simulated mass casualty drill.
Forces from Grenada train with U.S. Marines.
Forces from Grenada train with U.S. Marines.
Forces from Guiana train with U.S. Marines.
Haiti National Police train during Tradewinds exercise.
Grenada forces train with U.S. Marines during Tradewinds exercise.
The St. Kitts and Nevis Defence Force performs.
Royal Bahamas Defence Force members march.
U.S. Ambassador to Barbados and the Eastern Caribbean, Linda S. Taglialatela, speaks at a podium.
U.S. Army National Guard Soldiers greet school children.
Colombian Brig. Gen. Jaun P. Forero speaks at a podium.
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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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