J’cans could be trained aboard Brazil­ian ship

Jamaica Gleaner - - SPORTS -

FU­TURE CO­OP­ER­A­TION agree­ments be­tween the govern­ments of Ja­maica and Brazil may in­clude train­ing on the lat­ter coun­try’s navy ship, Brazil.

The ves­sel, car­ry­ing 200 mid­ship­men and other crew mem­bers, headed by Com­mand­ing Of­fi­cer Cap­tain Jose Canela, re­cently docked at Kingston Wharves as part of the 30th Mid­ship­men Train­ing Cruise. It de­parted Ja­maica on Novem­ber 25 for the Carta­gena port in Colombia.

Brazil­ian Am­bas­sador to Ja­maica Car­los den Har­tog said that there might be a co­op­er­a­tion agree­ment in­volv­ing the train­ing ship.

He said the ship is seen by Brazil­ians as a “float­ing em­bassy” be­cause of its mis­sion and con­tact with peo­ple of friendly coun­tries.

DIF­FER­ENT IM­AGE

“It presents a dif­fer­ent im­age of Brazil to most coun­tries that would likely look at us as a coun­try of foot­ball and car­ni­val. I think it shows that we are or­gan­ised, dis­ci­plined and we are se­ri­ous on train­ing peo­ple,” Am­bas­sador den Har­tog said.

The am­bas­sador said that a De­fence Co­op­er­a­tion Agree­ment, signed be­tween Ja­maica and Brazil, would likely be en­forced early next year.

“We signed it more than a year ago. This has to be en­forced. We are still work­ing on that, and I hope that we can put it in place next year,” he added.

He said the Brazil­ian Gov­ern­ment is look­ing at in­clud­ing other ar­eas un­der the agree­ment, such as plac­ing “mil­i­tary at­tachés in em­bassies, and mil­i­tary train­ing in both coun­tries in­volv­ing the navy, army and air force”.

Canela said that it was the ship’s first visit to the is­land.

“Ja­maica is a very im­por­tant coun­try in the Caribbean, so the Brazil­ian Navy con­sid­ered this visit to be very im­por­tant, not only in terms of cul­tural en­hance­ment for the crew, but be­cause of the diplo­matic re­la­tion­ship be­tween our coun­tries,” he said.

He ex­plained that the ship pro­vides pro­fes­sional and cul­tural train­ing for of­fi­cers, who have prac­ti­cal classes in nav­i­ga­tion, me­te­o­rol­ogy, naval op­er­a­tions, dam­age con­trol, and ad­min­is­tra­tion, as well as a full adap­ta­tion to life on-board.

The cap­tain noted that be­tween July 24 and De­cem­ber 18 the ship and crew will visit some 15 coun­tries, in­clud­ing Ger­many, Cuba and Spain.

Dur­ing his stay in Ja­maica, Canela said he held dis­cus­sions with se­nior of­fi­cials of the Mar­itime Au­thor­ity of Ja­maica, In­ter­na­tional Seabed Au­thor­ity and the Ja­maica De­fence Force.

“I am very im­pressed with all the things that I saw. I think I have a per­spec­tive as to how we can en­hance fu­ture re­la­tion­ships be­tween the Brazil­ian Navy and those in­sti­tu­tions,” he added. Brazil­ian Am­bas­sador Car­los den Har­tog.

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