The US and 17 countries will be participating in the 36th iteration of the Tradewinds exercise, focused on the Caribbean and sponsored by Southern Command. Tradewinds 2021 is a multidimensional exercise conducted in land, air, maritime and cyber domains.
The multinational exercise will take place from June 13 to 25 in Guyana and in the Essequibo Territory. “Nations will conduct joint, combined, and interagency training to increase regional cooperation in complex multinational security operations.”
According to Southern Command, the Tradewinds are a combined joint exercise “to enhance the collective ability of defense forces and police to counter transnational criminal organizations and carry out humanitarian assistance and relief operations.”
French military ship arriving at the GDF Coast Guard Command. Georgetown, Guyana June 12, 2021
Tradewinds military exercises 2021
This exercise dates back to the mid-1980s. 1,500 US military and civilians are participating in Tradewinds 2021, plus Guyana (host), Bahamas, Belize, Bermuda, Brazil, Canada, Colombia, Dominican Republic, France, Grenada, Haiti , Jamaica, the Netherlands, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Suriname, Trinidad and Tobago and the United Kingdom. US involvement includes Southern Command, Coast Guard, Army, Army Reserves, Army National Guard, and elements of the US Special Operations Southern Command.