New Platforms Enhance Trinidad and Tobago Coast Guard
U.S. Army (Cesar Santiago)
The Trinidad and Tobago Coast Guard (TTCG), commanded by Captain (Naval) Hayden Pritchard, is the largest naval force in the English-speaking Caribbean. It is the maritime component of the Trinidad
and Tobago Defence Force (TTDF), which is under the auspices of the Ministry of National Security headed by retired Major General Edmund Dillon. Minister Dillon assumed his post on 9 September 2015.
Although the TTDF was founded in August 1962 after Trinidad and Tobago achieved full independence from the United Kingdom, the service did not receive its first vessels until 20 February 1965, when it commissioned the TTS Trinity (CG-1) and TTS Courland Bay (CG-2). Both ships were 103-foot Vosper patrol boats displacing 123 tons.