The Barbados Coast Guard has a new vessel to patrol the island’s waters.
It’s called the 958 series patrol craft Endurance and was donated by the People’s Republic of China’s People’s Liberation Army.
At the Barbados Coast Guard HMBS Pelican this afternoon, Prime Minister Mia Mottley officially cut the ribbon at the naming ceremony to christen the newest military boat.
In his welcome remarks, Chief of Staff Colonel Glyne Grannum told the audience that the Endurance will definitely help improve the work of Barbados’ coast guard unit.
“Endurance will fit most appropriately into the force’s on-going modernization programme. The Barbados Defense Force is indeed gratefully appreciative of this act of kindness especially as the BDF has been the recipient of military assistance from China since the year 2000.
Along with the donation of other equipment and training of BDF personnel, this vessel will help in capacity building as well as the force’s mission to defend and secure Barbados and its interests as a contribution to national and regional development,” he said.
Grannum added that “ We are all aware of the many risks and threats which our island faces and among them, the increasing effects of severe weather systems caused by climate change, damage to our eco-systems and mari-time trans-national criminality.”
In his brief address Chinese Ambassador Yan Xiusheng agreed that the Endurance boat would help boost the capacity of the Coast Guard.
The name Endurance epitomizes the relationship between Barbados and China and is synonymous of the continued committment to maintaining strong diplomatic relations that are mutually beneficial.
The name follows the series of the family of inshore patrol and interceptor class of vessels in the Barbados Coast Guard fleet.
The new vessel can travel well above 30 knots with a maximum of six persons on board.