The event is usually held at the Camp Springfield Headquarters but the venue was changed to get the general public more involved and to obtain one of its main objectives – to recruit members.
“We are encouraging young men and young women to sign up to become [members] of the St. Kitts-Nevis Defence Force – regular arm or reserve – in light of all this crime and violence in the country,” said St. Clair Williams, Warrant Officer Class 2 and appointed Force Personnel Officer responsible for the event.
He stated that the Defence Force is accepting applicants from the age of 16 and had already received 15 applications at the time of speaking with MyVueNews.com. He indicated that those under the age of 18 would need a signed consent form from their parent/guardian.
On display were different types of guns, uniforms and ranking information. There was also an area dubbed ‘jungle alley’.
Speaking with Laughton Huggins, Warrant Officer Class 2, he said that the jungle alley is like an outpost or harbour and it provides the public with an insight as to what they do. He further stated that in that area they are able to stage operations, conduct training or search and rescue operations.
“We want the general public to know that we are servants of the people and in so doing we want to show you just what we are [about],” he said.
Inside the jungle alley one could see a cooking area, a hammock for resting or relaxation, places for shelter and other items such as canteens and helmets used during operations.
As an arm of the St. Kitts-Nevis Defence Force, the Coast Guard was also present. They too had uniforms and different ranking information on display, as well as equipment used in rescue operations such as life vests and lifebuoys.
The biggest indicator of the presence of the Coast Guard was the Hermitage Vessel.
Lance Corporal Fyfield stated that the vessel is used to enforce maritime law, that is, to enforce fisheries and customs laws as well as the laws of the Federation.
The public was welcomed to ‘hop on board’ and have a look at the inside and also question the operations of the vessel.
Fyfield stated that the Coast Guard was not published much and so the general public has the idea that all [they] do is lifeguard duties. They are therefore trying to “sell themselves” in hopes of getting some individuals to join the Coast Guard, reserve or regular arm of the St. Kitts-Nevis Defence Force.