Representatives from 14 partner nations and the United States continue to engage in a series of exercises and training sessions as part of Tradewinds 2013 hosted in St. Lucia. On Saturday, in waters off the coast of St. Lucia, participants completed a gunnery exercise, which provided an opportunity for partner nation personnel to practice tactics and procedures involved in the employment of crew-served weapons, such as their .50 caliber machine guns.
U.S. Coast Guard Chief Petty Officer Asad Hussain, a maritime enforcement specialist aboard U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Oak, served as the instructor for the exercise, which engaged the Oak’s Browning M2 .50-caliber machine guns.
“This is an opportunity to … get out there and share some best practices and work on coordination,” Assad said. “So if the day comes when we have to operate in a high-level, offensive environment like this, we’ve already been exposed to each other and have the same operating parameters and standard operating procedures.”
Hussain is temporarily assigned to the Oak for the duration of Tradewinds, a joint and combined exercise conducted in conjunction with partner nations to enhance the collective abilities of defense forces and constabularies to counter transnational organized crime and to conduct humanitarian/disaster relief operations.
Tradewinds 2013 has brought together more than 260 law enforcement officers, military personnel, and government representatives from Antigua and Barbuda, Bahamas, Belize, Dominica, the Dominican Republic, Grenada, Guyana, Haiti, Jamaica, St. Kitts and Nevis, St. Lucia, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Suriname, Trinidad and Tobago and the United States.