SAILORS from a Portsmouth Royal Navy patrol ship have been passing on tips to Belize’s coast guard and defence force.
HMS Mersey spent a few days just off Belize City – gateway to the country’s unspoilt cays and mangrove forests as well as the world’s second-biggest barrier reef.
Specialists from the ship’s company helped the Belizeans work on areas including seamanship, navigation and boarding operations.
Gunnery Officer Lieutenant Will Dewing said: ‘It was a great opportunity for us to share ideas and develop a better understanding of how the other nation operates.’
Mersey left her home base of Portsmouth in January and is tackling counter-narcotics operations across the Caribbean.