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The Jamaica Defence Force (JDF) is to receive $20 million for the purchase of a surveillance vessel, to enhance the island’s offshore capabilities and to strengthen border control, as part of the government’s anti-crime and anti-drug initiative.
As set out in the 2006/07 Estimates of Expenditure, now before the House of Representatives, the project began in April 2004 and will end in September 2006.Up to December last year, two vessels were acquired and there was on-going training of the JDF’s Coast Guard personnel. For this financial year, a third vessel is to be acquired by June, 2006.
Physical targets initially aimed at were, the purchase of three offshore surveillance vessels and provision of training, technical assistance, spare parts and maintenance.
Meanwhile, a sum of $93.5 million has also been set aside to facilitate the payment of the deposit required for the purchase of helicopters for the JDF’s Air Wing.

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