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Defence

Venezuela in double standards as satellite pictures show military expansion near Guyana border

Foreign Affairs Minister Hugh Todd on Friday said Guyana was paying attention to satellite pictures of Venezuela’s increasing expansion of its military presence near the border with Guyana, raising concerns about double-standards by that Spanish-speaking neighbour. “Clearly, there is some amount of inconsistencies based on what they are doing on the international front in terms of diplomacy and what they ...

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No arms race spending but GDF to be reorganised in keeping with assets, partnerships- President Ali

Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces, President Irfaan Ali on Thursday announced that there would be unspecified changes in the way the operations of the Guyana Defence Force (GDF) in keeping with a greater focus on technology, assets and partnerships with foreign partners. “There will be, based on our assessment, some reorientation, reorganising of the way we do our work and ...

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Chief-of-Staff designation to be restyled

Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces, President Irfaan Ali on Thursday announced that the designation of the highest military appointment, Chief-of-Staff, would be changed to Chief of Defence. Addressing the opening of Guyana Defence Force (GDF) 2024 Annual Officers’ Conference, he said the change is in keeping with what obtains across the Caribbean and elsewhere. “This will be the last officers ...

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ExxonMobil to search for oil offshore Essequibo Region

ExxonMobil plans to explore for oil offshore the Essequibo Region where Venezuelan gunboats had six years ago chased seismic research vessels in oil concessions that had been granted by Guyana, President of ExxonMobil Guyana, Alistair Routledge said Tuesday. “The Liza field, the last time I looked, takes you pretty close to that (equidistant) line. We plan to drill two exploration ...

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US helping Guyana to “defend its territorial integrity” – US Deputy National Security Advisor

The United States on Sunday reaffirmed military support for Guyana against Venezuela’s lingering threat to take control of the Essequibo Region. US Deputy National Security Advisor Jon Finer, who was in Guyana for a brief visit, said the two countries were “deepening our defence cooperation” to assist Guyana in preserving its borders. “That cooperation is fundamentally defensive in nature and ...

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US Southern Command poised to assist GDF to monitor Guyana’s airspace

The United States Army’s Southern Command would on Friday explore how to assist the Guyana Defence Force (GDF) in monitoring this South American nation’s airspace to preserve its sovereignty, the American Embassy here said Thursday. US Air Force Major General, Evan L. Pettus, 12th Air Force (Air Forces Southern) Commander, will visit Guyana from January 31 – February 2 and ...

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Guyana, Venezuela foreign ministers in Brazil to prepare for 2nd Maduro-Ali talks

The Foreign Ministers of  Guyana and Venezuela would be meeting in Brazil on Thursday in keeping with an accord reached in St Vincent a month ago between President Irfaan Ali and his Venezuelan counterpart, Nicolas Maduro. “The meeting is a very important step in fulfilling what we agreed on in St Vincent and that was the establishment of this commission ...

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Several helicopters, vessels for police, defence forces

Vice President Bharrat Jagdeo on Thursday said government was talking with the United States (US)-headquartered aviation company, Bell, to buy four helicopters for the Guyana Police Force and Guyana Defence Force as part of moves to boost the country’s defence capacity. “The army recapitalisation is a significant part of this budget too. There are significant expenditures here to expand the ...

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Updated: US Defense Chief for Western Hemisphere visiting Guyana

The U.S. Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense (DASD) for the Western Hemisphere at the U.S. Department of Defense, Daniel P. Erikson will travel to Guyana from January 8 – 9, as the Guyana Defence Force (GDF) continues to boost its capacity in the context of regional stability, the American Embassy here said. “It signifies the importance of the bilateral defense ...

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GDF officer for US training in military aviation

An airman of the Guyana Defence Force (GDF) Air Corps will participate in a 17-month long course in the United States to increase his knowledge and proficiency in the field of military aviation, the American Embassy here said at the weekend. Lt. Kevin Wills’ participation in the course reflects the GDF’s deep commitment to upholding the rule of law, protecting ...

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