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SUPREME COMMANDER OF THE ARMED FORCES IN FRENCH GUIANA PAYS A COURTESY CALL ON COS

Chief of Staff Commodore Gary Best was today paid a courtesy call by the Supreme Commander of the Armed Forces in French Guiana, Major General Bernard Metz.

 

Headlining discussions between the two Commanders was an offer by the French Armed Forces of the rental of a specialised boat , crewed by Guyanese and flying the Golden Arrowhead , to assist in enforcing the Laws of the Sea. This offer is being examined in detail by Commodore Best.

In the area of training , discussions centred on the resumption of the exchange Jungle Training Programme  between the GDF and the French Armed Forces in French Guiana.

Also , the French has offered to send Instructors to Guyana to train members of the Guyana Defence Force in River blockade and the two Commanders also examined the possibility of having GDF paratroopers conduct exhibition jumps in French Guiana.

Commodore Best and Major General Bernard Metz also considered the likelihood of restarting the Military Games among the GDF, the Suriname National Army and the French Armed Forces.

The two Commanders have conceded that their intention is to reinforce the good relations existing between the Guyana Defence Force and the Armed Forces in French Guiana.

Agreements to be arrived at are to be ratified by the Chief of Staff during a proposed visit to French Guiana.

Major General Bernard Metz was invited to the Guyana Defence Force Coast Guard Ship Hinds where he was apprised of the operations of the Coast Guard by Commander Gary Beaton. Thereafter he invited COS Best aboard a French Naval Vessel La Capricieuse.