One hundred and seventy (170) recruits were inducted into the Trinidad and Tobago Defence Force (TTDF) on Tuesday.
At a Joint Passing Out Parade, held at Teteron Barracks in Chaguaramas, were one hundred and five (105) members of the Trinidad and Tobago Regiment, forty-two (42) members of the Trinidad and Tobago Coast Guard and twenty-three (23) members of the Trinidad and Tobago Air Guard.
Minister of National Security, Fitzgerald Hinds commended all recruits on their decision to serve Trinidad and Tobago; he congratulated them for successfully completing their military induction training programme and encouraged them to “perform with equal and increased gusto in any area in which you are assigned.”
The Minister described the TTDF as an esteemed organization, considered as one of the premier military Forces in the Caribbean, held in high regard internationally, and therefore urged all recruits to “serve with dignity, integrity, pride and professionalism.”
The Minister also recognized the training staff of each Formation for delivering a well-structured induction programme and applauded the trainers’ tireless and steadfast commitment to develop disciplined members of the TTDF.
Minister Hinds gave the assurance that the Ministry of National Security will continue to provide the Defence Force with the necessary requirements to fulfill its operational mandate.
He noted 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. He also indicated that the requisite support to the Air Guard will continue, as it relates to the formation’s increased aerial operational requirements. Additionally, work is 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.
Also in attendance at the Passing Out Parade to welcome the recruits to military service were Permanent Secretary (Ag.) in the Ministry of National Security, Ms. Nataki Atiba-Dilchan, Chief of Defence Staff Air Vice Marshal Darryl Daniel, and Formation Commanding Officers.