Belize Coast Guard Service
The Belize Coast Guard Service was originally established as a part of Belize Defence Force. established in November 2005 with the assistance of the United States Coast Guard. It became an independent branch of the Belizean military in November 2005.
Its missions include internal security, search and rescue, hurricane preparation, and disaster relief. A key mission is cruise ship protection.
As of November 2016, the Coast Guard service has a strength of 350 men and women, referred to as "guardsmen."
Commandant of the Belize National Coast Guard is Rear Admiral John Borland.
The new headquarters was built with the assistance from the US southern command. It was formerly located at Ladyville.
The Forward Operating Base at Calabash Caye was inaugurated on March 17, 2010. It was built at a cost of $3,000.000.00. . Boats are stationed at Caye Caulker and San Pedro under the operational control of Ladyville.
In 2007, the Coast Guard Service has eight boats in commission. There are no aircraft; for air searches the Coast Guard Service relies on the Belize Defence Force.
The Belize Coast Guard Service will receive several fast boats from the United States Coast Guard in 2008. These boats will have a maximum speed of 60 to 65 miles per hour (100 to 108 km/h).