National Security Minister Stuart Young says his Ministry of National Security’s is committed to working with the Trinidad and Tobago Coast Guard (TTCG) to ensure that the organisation fulfills its responsibilities, stating that the Coast Guard has to use modern security equipment and technology in the execution of its important mandate.
The Minister gave this assurance as he delivered the feature address at the Passing-Out Parade for the TTCG 55th Recruit Intake, held at Teteron Barracks in Chaguaramas on Saturday.
The minister congratulated the 91 recruits on the successful completion of their induction training and welcomed them into the Trinidad and Tobago Coast Guard.
He noted that the most valuable resource of any organization is its people and described the recruits as the Coast Guard’s key and crucial resource.
The minister urged the recruits to uphold their integrity in the execution of their duties and to be model officers of whom the country will be justly proud.
Minister Young took the opportunity to thank all the men and women of the Trinidad and Tobago Coast Guard for their dedicated and selfless service, in the protection of the nation’s borders, even in the face of recent unfair criticism and attacks.
He said the Government will continue to advance efforts in enhancing border security.
According to the minister, initiatives being pursued in this regard include the upgrade of this country’s radar system, the procurement of two Cape Class vessels, the upgrade of facilities and infrastructure at the Coast Guard headquarters, and the refurbishment of 14 Coast Guard Interceptors which is expected to be completed in the coming weeks.
Also addressing the recruits, Commanding Officer of the TTCG Captain Douglas Archer advised them to always exemplify the Coast Guard’s core values of discipline, strength of character, honour, accountability, respect, professionalism and ethics.
Archer reminded the recruits that it is the Coast Guard’s duty to ensure that the borders of Trinidad and Tobago are defended.
During the Passing Out Parade the Coast Guard recruits put on a drill display, demonstrating with precision, the tactics encompassed in their induction training.
Receiving the award for ‘Best Female Recruit’ of the 55th Intake was Recruit Theophilus, K and the awardee for ‘Best Male Recruit’ was Recruit Richardson, G.
Also present to congratulate the Coast Guard recruits at the Passing Out Parade were Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of National Security Vel Lewis and Acting Chief of Defence Staff Colonel Darnley Wyke.