Defence instructors train in the jungle
Forty-one Dutch military personnel began a British jungle-instructor training programme in Belize on 18 August. Following the seven-week International Jungle Warfare Advisor Course, they will be able to instruct their colleagues in moving and operating tactically in the jungle.
In the former British colony of British Honduras, which changed its name in 1973, the military personnel from the Netherlands Marine Corps, the Commando Corps and the Airmobile Brigade are being trained in track-reading, building a bivouac using natural materials and exercising tactical combat scenarios. Thirty-nine British and Norwegian personnel are also taking part in the course.
Belize is tucked in between Mexico and Honduras on the Central American coast. Nearly half of the country consists of jungle, one-third of which is military exercise area. Belize gained independence from the United Kingdom in 1981, but has remained under the protection of a British garrison. This unit is the basis for the British Army Training Support Unit Belize, which also provides the International Jungle Warfare Advisor Course.
To be able to deploy worldwide as part of an international force, Dutch units regularly exercise with foreign partners under diverse conditions.