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US SouthCom providing technology assistance to GDF

The United States (US) Army’s Southern Command (SouthCom) is helping the Guyana Defence Force (GDF) strengthen its technological capacity to respond to threats and that featured in talks between high-ranking officials of the two sides, the American embassy here said. The US Marine Corps Major General, Julie Nethercot, SouthCom’s Strategy, Policy, and Plans Director held discussions with GDF Chief-of-Defence Staff, ...

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US-made GDF Coast Guard Offshore Patrol Vessel arrives

The Offshore Patrol Vessel, GDFS Shahoud, finally arrived in Guyana on Sunday and docked at the Guyana Defence Force’s Coast Guard headquarters at about 10:30 AM, well-placed sources said. Modeled as the 115 Defiant, the vessel should have arrived in Guyana last year October, but that was shifted to February, 2024. However, sources said the vessel, made by the American ...

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Renamed GDF Coast Guard offshore patrol vessel arriving soon after rough sea trials

The US$11.5 million offshore patrol vessel (OPV) that was purchased from the American company, Metal Shark, underwent a rigid sea trial that resulted in the need to make a number of modifications to make it fit-for-purpose in Guyana’s marine environment, sources said. “Sea trials must have problems,” one source said. Shortly after leaving the shipyard in the United States, sources ...

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GDF soldier dies suddenly after training at Tacama

The Guyana Defence Force (GDF) said a soldier died suddenly Friday evening after concluding a training exercise at the Colonel John Clarke Military School at Tacama, Upper Berbice River. He has been identified 22258 Corporal Leroy Thom of the 2nd Infantry Battalion and of Blueberry Hill Linden. The GDF said he was a student on the Section Commander Course. “The ...

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French company to supply GDF with offshore patrol vessel; Venezuela condemns deal as “threat” to regional peace

A French company has sealed a deal with the Guyana Defence Force (GDF) to build a US$42-million military offshore patrol vessel (OPV), a move that has triggered a sharp rebuke by Venezuela. “The price of the vessel includes the cost of the vessel and its equipment and the integrated logistics support services inclusive of training for a five-year period,” the ...

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Col. Omar Khan is acting Chief-of-Staff; Brigadier Bess returns next week

The Guyana Defence Force (GDF) on Monday said Colonel Omar Khan is acting Chief-of-Staff because the substantive Chief of Staff Brigadier Godfrey Bess and the Colonel General Staff, Julius Skeete have been given approval to pursue training overseas. Acting Chief-of-Staff, Brigadier Godfrey Bess will return to office next Monday, 3rd July, 2022, at the end of a three-week residency of ...

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Soldier in fireworks explosion dies

One of the nine soldiers injured in the fireworks explosion on the weekend at the Guyana Defence Force (GDF) Coast Guard headquarters died on Sunday morning, the Ministry of the Presidency said. Corporal Seon Ross 21331 succumbed to his injuries at the Georgetown Public Hospital Corporation (GPHC) where he was receiving treatment following an explosion on Saturday around 1:30 pm ...

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Fireworks explosion that injured soldiers “completely unexpected” -Granger

President David Granger Saturday afternoon said a fireworks explosion that injured nine soldiers was not expected as they are highly trained and safety measures were used. “The Defence Board and the Defence Force will ensure that every possible measure [is in place] for the recovery of the injured soldiers. I have spoken with the families. It is something which is ...

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GDF cancels fireworks display after explosion injures several soldiers, damage pyrotechnics

The Guyana Defence Force (GDF) late Saturday afternoon announced that the fireworks display to usher in the country’s 50th Republic anniversary has been cancelled due to shock and injuries that several soldiers sustained during an explosion of the pyrotechnic devices that were to be used for the fireworks display. “This is due to the fact that while ranks of the ...

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Soldiers injured in fireworks explosion

Guyana’s 50th Republic Anniversary observance was marred by the injury of several soldiers on Saturday when pyrotechnic devices exploded while they were being offloaded at the Coast Guard headquarters of the Guyana Defence Force (GDF), a source confirmed. At least one of the soldiers was hospitalised in critical condition, a source confirmed. Ahead of an official GDF statement, sources said ...

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