By Sue-Ann Wayow
ALMOST 200 persons have been recruited into the Trinidad and Tobago Defence Force (TTDF).
Minister of National Security Fitzgerald Hinds welcomed the 170 recruits into the (TTDF) at Teteron Barracks in Chaguaramas at a Joint Passing Out Parade on Tuesday.
At the parade, there were 105 members of the Trinidad and Tobago Regiment, 42 members of the Coast Guard and 23 members of the Air Guard being recruited.
Hinds commended all recruits on their decision to serve Trinidad and Tobago and he congratulated them for successfully completing their military induction training programme, a release from the Ministry of National Security stated.
The minister encouraged the new recruits, “Perform with equal and increased gusto in any area in which you are assigned.”
Describing the TTDF as an esteemed organisation, he told the recruits to “serve with dignity, integrity, pride and professionalism.”
He reminded the incoming soldiers, sailors and airmen that they will be held to the highest standards of accountability and strongly advised them to “never engage in illegal activities or character unbecoming of the uniform they now wear.”
The minister recognised the training staff of each formation for delivering a well-structured induction programme and applauded the trainers’ commitment to develop disciplined, loyal and valiant members of the TTDF, without taking any personal leave between the previous intake and the current one.
He also acknowledged the medical staff and the leadership of the Defence Force for maintaining a medical bio-bubble, a precaution aimed at maintaining a Covid-19 safe environment, throughout the training period.
Hinds gave the assurance that the Ministry of National Security will continue to provide the Defence Force with the necessary requirements to fulfil its operational mandate.
He also said that the two new Cape Class Patrol Vessels recently received by the Coast Guard will soon be commissioned into service to provide maritime protection across Trinidad and Tobago.
The Air Guard support will also continue.
Additionally, work was underway to refurbish the TTDF’s main mechanical workshop located at Camp Cumuto, which will continue to be utilized to maintain and service the organization’s vehicles, Hinds stated.
Acting Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of National Security, Nataki Atiba-Dilchan, Chief of Defence Staff Air Vice Marshal Darryl Daniel, and Formation Commanding Officers were also in attendance at the Passing Out Parade.