Caribbean Coast Guard and Naval Capabilities
Maritime forces of the Caribbean islands include both navies and coast guards. There is considerable variation between these offshore forces with regard to both capabilities and functions. A few can perform a variety of offshore security functions, but none are formidable fighting forces. Most Caribbean states have either neglected the development of meaningful naval and coast-guard capabilities or simply cannot provide them. Moreover, the capabilities of the United States and other external powers engaged in the Caribbean overshadow those of the islands.
KeywordsDominican Republic Caribbean Island Coast Guard Military Spending Maritime Security
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