Saturday 15 June, 2019

Military strength displayed in Montego Bay

Jamaica Defence Force (JDF) armoured personnel carriers on display in Montego Bay, St James last Wednesday as part of the Second Battalion, Jamaica Regiment's march past in the city.

Jamaica Defence Force (JDF) armoured personnel carriers on display in Montego Bay, St James last Wednesday as part of the Second Battalion, Jamaica Regiment's march past in the city.

Hundreds of soldiers attached to the Second Battalion, Jamaica Regiment, displayed their full military might in a Battalion March Past in downtown Montego Bay, St James last Wednesday.

The event was staged to reassure the citizens of the Second City of the Jamaica Defence Force’s (JDF) strong presence in western Jamaica. It also doubled as a celebration of the unit’s 40th anniversary since its inception in 1979.

“It’s just a show of strength and show of numbers to reassure the citizens that the army is here,” Sergeant Jason Lampart told JIS News.

Members of the Second Battalion, Jamaica Regiment take part in a march past on St James Street in Montego Bay last Wednesday.

Meanwhile, Montego Bay Mayor, Homer Davis, said the march past came at a critical time, given the current state of emergency (SOE) in St James, Hanover and Westmoreland.

He noted that the Second Battalion’s show of strength sent a strong signal that the unit is “prepared for anything within St James”.

Drummers of the Second Battalion, Jamaica Regiment participate in a march past on St James Street in Montego Bay on Wednesday, May 15.

Added the mayor: “They can suppress any criminal activities in St James, and this should be a reassuring moment for the citizens of this parish to say, ‘we have the support of the military’,” said Davis.

“We (also) have the support of the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF), because they also will be showing their own strength in short order. So, this to me and the citizens, is a very welcome sight to show Jamaica and to show St James that they (should) have no fear, because the military and the police are here,” he added.

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