United States Southern Command (SOUTHCOM) Military Deputy Commander Vice Admiral Alvin Holsey will visit Trinidad and Tobago October 22-25. His visit follows the successful Continuing Promise 2023 mission stop in Trinidad and Tobago in September.
Vice Admiral Holsey will meet with Ambassador Candace Bond, government representatives, and key leaders of the Trinidad and Tobago Defense Force and Coast Guard. He will tour the maritime operations command center at the Coast Guard headquarters, Chaguaramas which the United States government recently refurbished. The command center is equipped with the latest technology to assist the Coast Guard in efficiently fighting transnational criminal threats, including the trafficking of people, weapons, and narcotics.
Vice Admiral Holsey and Ambassador Bond will also visit Tobago to participate in a donation ceremony of a field hospital and ambulance, combined value of $973,000 USD, to the Tobago Emergency Management Agency (TEMA). The ambulance and field hospital were procured and funded by the embassy’s Military Liaison Office through the U.S. Southern Command’s (SOUTHCOM) Humanitarian Assistance Program (HAP) and represent U.S. commitment to the humanitarian disaster response resiliency for Tobago.
Ambassador Bond said the visit is another example of the strong partnership between the United States and Trinidad and Tobago.
“The United States is Trinidad and Tobago’s greatest friend and partner. Vice Admiral Holsey’s visit is a follow up to the recently concluded Continuing Promise mission stop, when we assured Tobago that it will benefit from the generosity of the United States government. We are here to deliver.”