Lieutenant Colonel M. Acton
In the next five to ten years, the changing threats locally and globally will drive us to improve and maintain both the assets and the personnel of the navy. We would start by upgrading the capabilities of the vessels and organizing specialized training for personnel. Making use of the latest technology, such as drones, would improve the effectiveness of the navy, while the vessel-monitoring system in progress right now with the Ministry of Fisheries would enhance the effectiveness of our missions. Ensuring that there is annual practical training for our personnel will keep them prepared and fit.
It will also be necessary to maintain not only the quality but the quantity of our personnel in accordance with the available assets and the developing threats. Joining efforts—and combining assets—with the maritime police and other stakeholders, like the Maritime Authority and the Ministry of Fisheries, will make our maritime missions more effective and successful. Organizing joint tabletop and practical exercises will keep the different stakeholders prepared. Working together with neighboring countries and other navies and exchanging intelligence will help inform us on the threats and dangers they encounter at sea and how they effectively deal with these issues. In conclusion, I encourage more joint operations on a regional level, like Trade Winds in the Caribbean, as well with other navies all over the world.