US completes additional refurbishment project on SKNDF maritime vessel
U.S. Southern Command, in partnership with the U.S. Navy, also helped keep St. Kitts and Nevis safe with a three-week Coast Guard vessel refurbishment project. Defense of Saint Kitts and Nevis (SKNDF) in September. of this year. This project follows the refurbishment of two other SKNDF nearshore interception vessels in June.
Estimated at a cost of around US $ 110,000, the initiative is funded by the Caribbean Basin Security Initiative (CBSI) Foreign Military Funding Program. This project increased the number of operational vessels in the SKNDF fleet and improved the country’s ability to conduct operational and training missions.
Emmanuel Wondwossen, overseas military sales manager with Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA), explained: “The reactivation of the SKNDF Zodiac 920 is important for two reasons: maritime operations. In addition, the reactivation was truly a collaborative effort with significant contributions from SKNDF, CBSI’s Field Technical Assistance Team (TAFT) and NAVSEA. This joint effort will serve as a model for future support in the region. “
TAFT and Naval Sea System Command are key players in strengthening border security in the Caribbean. These teams were also instrumental in the ship upgrades carried out in Grenada, Dominica and Saint Kitts and Nevis earlier this year. These upgrades are part of the U.S. government’s commitment to support law enforcement and border control agencies, defense forces, and regional security institutions with training, equipment, reinforcement programs. institutions and technical assistance.