British Army Training and Support Unit Belize

British Army Training Support Unit Belize (BATSUB), the successor of the former British Forces Belize, is the name given to the current (2018) British Army Garrison in Belize. The garrison is used primarily for jungle warfare training, with access to over 5,000 square miles of jungle terrain, provided by the Government of Belize.[1]

In 2010, the UK government announced it would mothball the facility as part of its Strategic Defence and Security Review. However, in 2015, reports indicated that BATSUB was seeing "increased usage".[1][2] In November 2015, the UK government announced it was re-establishing the facility as part of its 2015 Strategic Defence and Security Review.[3] According to some Belizean media reports, the British decision to re-establish BATSUB could have been linked to rising tensions between Belize and Guatemala.[4]

BATSUB is located near Belize International Airport, at Price Barracks, Ladyville.

Structure 1989

[5] The "British Forces - Belize" had the following structure in 1989:

See also

References

  1. "New Lease of Life for British Army Base in Belize". 7 April 2015. Archived from the original on 11 April 2015. Retrieved 7 April 2015.
  2. "No Joke Jimmy, The Brits Are Back". 7 News Belize. 28 October 2015. Retrieved 22 May 2016.
  3. "National Security Strategy and Strategic Defence and Security Review 2015" (PDF). HM Government. Retrieved 12 July 2016.
  4. "Maybe more to Britain's Belize return than meets the eye". Cowbrough Communications. 2 December 2015. Retrieved 22 May 2016.
  5. Structure of the British Armed Forces in 1989#Defence Operations Executive

Further reading

  • Isby and Kamps, Armies of NATO's Central Front, Jane's Publishing Company, 1985


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