British Army Training Unit and Support Unit Belize
Price Barracks, Ladyville, Belize
Royal Marines in the jungle of Belize in January 2017.
British Army Training Unit and Support Unit Belize
British Army Training Unit and Support Unit Belize
Location within Belize
Coordinates17°32′37″N 88°18′22″W / 17.54361°N 88.30611°W / 17.54361; -88.30611Coordinates: 17°32′37″N 88°18′22″W / 17.54361°N 88.30611°W / 17.54361; -88.30611
Site information
OwnerMinistry of Defence
Operator British Army
Websitewww.army.mod.uk/deployments/belize/ Edit this at Wikidata
Site history
Built1994[1]
In use1994–present

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.[2]

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".[2][3] In November 2015, the UK government announced it was re-establishing the facility as part of its 2015 Strategic Defence and Security Review.[4] According to some Belizean media reports, the British decision to re-establish BATSUB could have been linked to rising tensions between Belize and Guatemala.[5]

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

British Forces Belize

The British Army Training Support Unit Belize (BATSUB) is a successor to British Forces Belize, which was structured as such in 1989:[6]

See also

References

  1. ^ "British Army - Recruiting Selection and Training". armedforces.co.uk. The British Army Training Support unit Belize (BATSUB) was formed 1 October 1994.
  2. ^ a b "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.
  3. ^ "No Joke Jimmy, The Brits Are Back". 7 News Belize. 28 October 2015. Retrieved 22 May 2016.
  4. ^ "National Security Strategy and Strategic Defence and Security Review 2015" (PDF). HM Government. Retrieved 12 July 2016.
  5. ^ "Maybe more to Britain's Belize return than meets the eye". Cowbrough Communications. 2 December 2015. Retrieved 22 May 2016.
  6. ^ Ivelaw Lloyd, Griffith (1993). The Quest for Security in the Caribbean. M.E. Sharpe. ISBN 9781317454960. Retrieved 17 November 2017.

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