The Brazilian Navy Task Force will be visiting St. Vincent and the Grenadines for the first time, docking at port Kingstown on Saturday morning, May 5, and remaining until the morning of May 9.

Each year, the Brazilian Navy conducts Operation CARIBEX, sending a task force to navigate Caribbean waters and visit ports of friendly nations in the region.

The objective of the mission is to carry out military drills at sea, in order to increase training and operational readiness among the ships involved, as well as to contribute to closer ties of friendship with the countries visited.

The Task Force is composed of the Patrol Ships Macau (Flagship), Bocaina and Grauna, from the Northeast Patrol Flotilla, with a total of 110 officers and sailors.

The presence of these vessels in Kingstown is linked to the growing rapprochement between Brazil and St. Vincent and the Grenadines, with the entry into force of the Bilateral Agreements on Educational and Cultural Cooperation between the two countries and the signing of the Agreement on Technical Cooperation.

In this last area, the Brazilian Navy offered the Coast Guard of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines two vacancies for a Course of Hydrography and Navigation for Officers, to begin what is expected to be a fruitful collaboration between the two naval entities.

The ships will be open to public for visits on May 6 and 7, from 2pm to 5pm.

During the stay in Kingstown there will be a soccer match between the Task Force team and a team from the SVG Coast Guard on Sunday May 6, at 3pm, at the Richmond Hill Playing Field.

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