Governor & Senator Visit Regiment In Jamaica

May 2, 2016

The Royal Bermuda Regiment played host to a flying visit over the weekend.Governor George Fergusson and junior Minister for National Security Jeff Baron toured the sites in Jamaica used by the RBR for its annual training exercise.

Mr Fergusson and Senator Baron visited Twickenham ranges near the capital Up Park Camp, the HQ of the Jamaican Defence Force [JDF], both in Kingston, and yesterday [SUN] were at Titchfield Camp near Port Antonio in Portland Parish, the base for jungle warfare training and watched soldiers take part in river rafting.

RBR Pte Koshun Simmons chats with Governor George Fergusson at Titchfield Camp, Port Antonio, Jamaica.

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Mr Fergusson said: “This kind of training is vital because one of the roles of the Regiment is to provide back-up for UK Territories and independent countries in the Caribbean in the event of a disaster.

“It’s important the Regiment has experience of heat and mosquitoes and, to some extent, putting together facilities themselves.”

Mr Fergusson added: “The support from the Jamaican Defence Force has been fantastic.

Governor George Fergusson and Sen. Jeff Baron arrive near the jungle training area near Titchfield Camp in Portland, Jamaica, in a JDF Air Wing helicopter.

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“Morale has been very high – people really seem to be enjoying it. The jungle is quite different and the soldiers have clearly enjoyed that.”

The Governor and Sen. Baron, accompanied by Colonel Nick Lock, the assistant military attaché at the British Embassy in Washington and Lieutenant Colonel Patrick Brown, the British defence advisor for the Caribbean, based in Jamaica, touched down in Portland Parish by helicopter from Kingston, courtesy of the JDF Air Wing.

RBR Pte Charles Thomas describes jungle survival training to Governor George Fergusson in Portland, Jamaica.

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Sen. Baron said: “I’ve been tremendously impressed and especially by the Jamaican Defence Force and all the support they have given the Regiment.

“I’ve also been impressed with the professionalism and scope of the Regiment’s operations. Every single male and female soldier I have had an opportunity to speak to has been great.”

Sen. Jeff Baron talks to [ L to R] Pte Tallia Zuill and Pte Kennisha Nisbett outside their tent at Titchfield Camp.

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Sen. Baron said it was his third visit to RBR overseas training camps since he became a junior Minister. He has previously visited troops in Canada and North Carolina.

He added: “I’ve had the opportunity to experience the three vastly different environmental challenges. We have gone from snow in Canada to the jungle heat and mud in Jamaica.”

Governor George Fergusson and RBR second-in-command Major Warren Furbert tour the JDF’s Camp. Centre [L to R] are retired CO Lt Col David Gibbons, CO Lt Col David Curley and Sen. Jeff Baron.

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And Sen. Baron paid tribute to the  training schedule, drawn up new Commanding Officer Lieutenant Colonel David Curley in his previous role as RBR Training Officer.

Sen. Baron added: “It’s very forward-leaning and bold and I applaud him for that. He could have set up easy training but he has set something up that is tactically difficult, not just for the soldiers, but for the senior NCOs and officers.”

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  1. Yahoo says:

    Another waste of money.

  2. Terry says:

    Time to cut the ties and let stuff lye/lie where it does.

    Hopefully it will be many years before we need to support more backbone.

  3. Pretty Man Show says:

    Help me out here, I thought Senator Baron was stepping away from the hype, drama and photo ops.

    We are tired of the pretty man picture show – boring

    All this “I am from Happy Valley” is well tiring now.

  4. Bill says:

    WOW- I have followed the words of Yahoo and Have some backbone ( which he/she does not have any of by the way!) for a long time.

    They havetold us the following.

    OBA is a waste of time.

    Ditto for the Premier

    Airport is a waste of money- I agree with this one

    BTA is a waste of money-and this one

    So goes Bob Richards and Mike Fahey.

    These two people are incredible!

    Keep it going guys! Cannot wait to read what you have to say about Sir John Swan;s comments!

    If you really hate the island that much……go back home!