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Security boost with refurbishment of RSS aircraft

(From right) Ambassador Luis Arreaga; Attorney General, Adriel Brathwaite; Permanent Secretary, PM’s Office, St. Kitts & Nevis, Osbert DeSuza; US Ambassador, Linda Taglialatela; Counsellor (Political), Canada’s High Commission, Agnes Pust; RSS Executive Director, Grantley Watson; and Captain Harris pose in front of the refurbished and upgraded C-26 aircraft. (Photo by C.Pitt via BGIS)

The Regional Security System’s (RSS) second C-26 surveillance aircraft has returned to the island after millions of dollars have been spent by the United States of America and Canada on its refurbishment and upgrade of equipment.

And, Executive Director of the RSS, Grantley Watson, said that with the return of this aircraft, the RSS now had increased capability to act individually and collectively to “sense and see” what was happening in the region’s waters and land spaces in order to stop the flow of drugs, guns and other illicit activity.

Mr. Watson made the comments on Wednesday afternoon during a handing over ceremony at the RSS Hangar to mark the completion and return of the refurbished Maritime Patrol Aircraft.

He told the small gathering: “With these aircrafts, several arms of the RSS and our partner nations will be able to work more coherently together to ensure that the overarching regional security mechanism is provided with timely and accurate surveillance, reconnaissance and targeting data, which is critical to the execution of effective operations.”

According to him, this would assist in the building of stronger relations, communications and trust with the System’s global partner agencies and States.

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