Sunday, May 26, 2013



Capital: Belmopan

The U.K. has a military garrison in Belize to defend against Guatemala. Guatemala claims Belize as part of its territory. British Army Training Support Unit Belize (BATSUB). Most British forces were withdrawn in 2010 due to budget issues. A small unit of approximately 40 personnel were left for specialized training.

Belize Defence Force (BDF)

Air Component
BN-2B-212 Defender aircraft used for maritime patrol (1)
BN-2A Islander transport aircraft (1)

Cessna 182J Skylane aircraft used for patrol/search and rescue (1)

T67M-260 Firefly trainer aircraft (1)

UH-1 helicopter (1)
Donated by Taiwan.

Cessna 337 Super Skymaster aircraft used for patrol/reconnaissance (1)?
Cessna 208 Caravan used for Counter Insurgency operations (1)?
Ayres S-2R Turbo Trush used for Counter Insurgency operations (2)?

Land Component
1st Battalion
2nd Battalion

81mm mortars

Carl Gustav anti-tank rocket launchers

M203 under barrel grenade launchers

FN MAG machine guns (or L7)
FN Minimi machine guns (or L108A1)
Bren machine guns (or L4)
M-16 assault rifles
FN-FAL assault rifles (or L1A1)
M4 carbines
Sterling sub-machine guns
Browning Hi Power pistols (FN35)?
Beretta 9mm pistols?
5 Hino trucks donated by the US in 2022


Bedford 4x4 transport trucks

23 FEB 2006- The U.S. embassy donates military uniforms, boots, rain gear, tents, and camouflage nets.

Indian made Mahindra pickup trucks (at least 3)

Two Ford F-550 pickup trucks donated by the U.S. in 2011 (along with 4 boats)

Bedford 4x4 transport trucks and trailers donated by the U.K. military in 2011.
The UK donates Polaris All Terrain Vehicles (ATV) to the Belize Defence Forces in 2011

JUN 2012- The Canadian military donates 2000 utility vests.

Belize Special Assignment Group (BSAG)- Elite unit that conducts mostly anti-narcotics operations.

Light Engineer Company

Special Boat Unit (SBU)
2 NOR-TECH Interceptor Fast Patrol Boats donated by the U.S in 2009.

Belize Defence Force Youth Cadet Corps

Belize Territorial Volunteers (BTV)

Belize Coast Guard 
13 boats total

Boston Whaler 370 Justice series boats donated by the U.S. in 2010
2 Boston Whaler 370 Justice series boats and 2 Defender Class SAFE boats donated by the U.S. in 2011
Including 8 Small Unit Riverine Craft (SURC) donated by the U.S. in 2013.

Coast Guard SEALs
Small unit created and trained by US Navy personnel in 2013.

Belize Coast Guard personnel

Belize Police Department

DEC 2018- The Miami-Dade police department in the United States donates 500 used bullet proof vests to the Belize Police Department.

2012- The U.S. government donates 10 Ford Ranger pickup trucks, 4 vans, 2 Nissan mini buses, 1 Nissan double cab pickup truck,  and a blue Toyota Prado to Belize law enforcement. The donation also included a large amount of crime scene equipment.

2012- The U.K. donates 4 motorbikes to the Belmopan Police Department.

2011- The U.S. government donates 12 motorbikes with helmets, pistols and miscellaneous police equipment to the Belize police.

Gang Suppression Unit (GSU)

Financial Intelligence Unit (FIU)

Belize Police Youth Cadet Corps

Belize Defence Force pictures

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