The BELIZE DEFENCE FORCE (BDF) is the military of
Belize , and is
responsible for protecting the sovereignty of the country. The BDF is
under the Ministry of Defence , which is currently headed by Hon. John
Saldivar; the BDF itself is commanded by
Brigadier General David Jones
. In 2012, the Belizean government spent about $17 million on the
military, constituting 1.08% of the country's gross domestic product
* 1 History
* 2 Organization
* 2.1 Crew-served weapons
* 2.2 Aircraft
* 3 Facilities
* 4 References
* 5 External links
Brig. Gen. Lloyd Gillett, addresses soldiers at a ceremony
marking the completion of training with the U.S. Marine Corps
The military of
Belize dates back to 1817, when the Prince Regent
Royal Honduras Militia, a volunteer organization, was founded. Between
1817 and 1978, the military force in
Belize has had ten different
* The Prince Regent's Royal Militia (1817-1866),
Belize Volunteer Force (1866-1868);
Belize Volunteer Corps (1868-1883);
Belize Light Infantry Volunteer Force (1897-1905);
British Honduras Volunteers (1905-1916);
British Honduras Territorial Force (1916-1928);
British Honduras Defense Force (1928-1944);
British Honduras Home Guard (1942-1943),
British Honduras Volunteer Guard (1943-1973),
Belize Volunteer Guard (1973-1977).
The BDF was founded in 1978 following the disbanding of the Belize
Volunteer Guard and the Police
Special Force the year before.
Belize achieved independence in 1981 the United Kingdom
maintained the deterrent British Forces
Belize in the country to
protect it from invasion by Guatemala . During the 1980s this included
a battalion and
No. 1417 Flight RAF of Harriers. The main British
force left in 1994, three years after Guatemala recognised Belizean
independence, but the
United Kingdom maintained a training presence
British Army Training and Support Unit
Belize (BATSUB) and 25
Flight AAC until 2011 when the last British Forces left Ladyville
Barracks , with the exception of seconded advisers. The BDF Maritime
Wing became part of the Belizean Coastguard in November 2005.
In October 2015, due to rising tensions between
Belize and Guatemala
and the British cutback on military bases worldwide to focus on the
War On Terror in 2011,
Belize asked the UK to bring BATSUB back; the
British Government brought BATSUB to
Belize once again.
The BDF consists of:
* Three infantry battalions, each comprising three companies
* Three reserve companies
* One support group
* Air Wing
Belize Police Department is staffed by 1200 sworn officers and
700 civilian staff (2008). The
Belize Police Department and National
Forensic Science Service report to the Minister of National Security.
As of 2012, there are also 40
British Army personnel stationed in
transport / utility
* Mountain Pine Ridge Training Area - south of
Belmopan used for
jungle warfare by Belize, US, Dutch and British forces
Price Barracks -
Ladyville - Air Wing HQ and former British
helicopter base; it is named for the country's first Prime Minister
George Cadle Price
George Cadle Price
* Fairweather Camp - Punta Gorda Town - HQ for 2nd Bat and former
British military base
Orange Walk Airport (Army) -
Orange Walk District
Orange Walk District
* Belizario Camp - San Ignacio - border area base
* Corozal Training Centre -
Dangriga Training Centre -
Philip S. W. Goldson International Airport
Philip S. W. Goldson International Airport - main airbase
Hector Silva Airstrip - small base located south of the airstrip;
this is a secondary airstrip and was used by the
* Punta Gorda Airport is a secondary airstrip
* St. George\'s Caye (Army)
* Holdfast Camp (Army)
* Baldy Beacons (Army)
* Rideau Camp (Army)
* Salamanca Camp (Army)
* Militia Hall-
* ^ A B C D E F G H I J IISS (2012), p. 374
* ^ "Belize". CIA World Factbook.
* ^ D.N.A. Fairweather, A Short History of the Volunteer Forces of
British Honduras (now Belize)
* ^ A B Phillips, Dion E. (2002). "The Military of Belize".
Archived from the original on 2012-12-11.
* ^ "Belize". Channel 5. 13 December 2007. Archived from the
original on 2011-05-04.
* ^ "No Joke Jimmy,The Brits Are Back". 7 News Belize. Retrieved
October 28, 2015.
* ^ "
Belize Police Department - About the Department".
Police.gov.bz. Retrieved 2012-06-08.
* ^ A B C "World Air Forces 2017". Flightglobal Insight. 2017.
Retrieved 10 September 2017.
* International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS) (2012). The
Military Balance 2012. London: IISS.