Wednesday 13 December, 2017

UK’s Defence Ministry donates aircraft to Combined Cadet Force

British High Commissioner to Jamaica David Fitton, who is winding down his four-year diplomatic mission to Jamaica described the occasion “a real honour.”

British High Commissioner to Jamaica David Fitton, who is winding down his four-year diplomatic mission to Jamaica described the occasion “a real honour.”

The UK’s Ministry of Defence has donated a Cessna aircraft to Jamaica’s Combined Cadet Force.

British High Commissioner to Jamaica David Fitton, who is winding down his four-year diplomatic mission to Jamaica described the occasion “a real honour.”

The aircraft came after extensive work by Combined Cadet Force volunteer Victor Beek, following a September 2015 meeting with then British Prime Minister David Cameron, who had made an official visit to the island.

 “It’s a great way to finish my four years here in Jamaica, to see that coordination, cooperation between our two countries in such a concrete form,” Fitton said.

The plane named Beek Airline, in honour of Beek, is the only one with the British and Jamaican flags on its tail.

UK's Defence Ministry donates aircraft to Combined Cadet Force

Fitton was joined by Minister of State for National Security Pearnel Charles Jr at Caribbean Aviation Training Centre at Tinson Pen, where both men rode in the aircraft and examined its features.

“We have to offer the highest commendation to the British government. They have done a marvelous job in supporting us in having this Cessna aircraft donated,” said Charles.

“We are hopeful that it will not only cause persons to be able to train, but we want to use this as an encouragement to the young persons, to become more interested in the Combined Cadet Force, as they used to be,” he added.