Joint Combined Exchange Training (JCET) Returns To Trinidad And Tobago

JCET training in 2014

A Joint Combined Exchange Training (JCET) exercise is currently underway in Trinidad and Tobago between the U.S. Southern Command, through the U.S. Embassy, and the Trinidad and Tobago Defense Force (TTDF) and Trinidad and Tobago Police Service (TTPS).   This training exercise is part of a series of engagements that have been planned over the last year which provide opportunities for U.S. and TT elite units to work together, learn from each other, and strengthen relationships. This training exercise began last week and goes through the end of the month to September 30.

Our U.S. Special Operations elite units and their TTDF/TTPS counterparts will be training on U.S. helicopters and small boats as well as on TTDF aviation and maritime vessels, allowing both countries to become familiar with each other’s equipment, tactics, and techniques.   The training will take place throughout Trinidad and Tobago and will include exercises in both urban and rural areas as well as in the sea.

Ambassador John L. Estrada said:  “The JCET demonstrates the strong partnership between the U.S. and Trinidad and Tobago based on mutual respect and shared interests in the region.  It is extremely beneficial to the participants who share expertise and ideas and enables us as partner nations to increase our mutual capacity to conduct security operations.”

JCETs are conducted annually with Trinidad and Tobago and similar training exercises are done with other countries in the region.