WILLEMSTAD–Consul General Margaret Hawthorne hosted the visit of Commander US Southern Command Admiral Craig Faller earlier this week, his first to the Dutch Caribbean since becoming commander on November 26, 2018.
Faller attended the unveiling of the USS Erie Memorial plaque at Koredor in honour of those who made the ultimate sacrifice in defence of freedom. While serving as the lead escort for a convoy, the American navy ship was torpedoed on November 12, 1942 by a German U-boat a few miles off the island’s coast.
He is responsible for Department of Defence security cooperation in all 45 nations and territories of Central and South America and the Caribbean Sea. In his first 90 days as commander he has visited Colombia, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Trinidad and Tobago, Brazil and now Curaçao “to hear partner-nation perspectives, concerns and ideas, and express the command’s unwavering commitment to its enduring partnerships with military and public security forces in the region,” according to a release issued by the consulate in Willemstad.
Said Hawthorne: “This high-level visit demonstrates the importance that the US attaches to our cooperation with the Dutch Caribbean islands and reinforces the mutually beneficial partnerships we have on a number of important issues.”
The admiral met separately with Governor Lucille George-Wout and Prime Minister Eugene Rhuggenaath, “to express appreciation on behalf of the United States for hosting the Forward Operating Location (FOL) – and Curaçao’s generous partnership and significant contributions in countering the flow of illegal narcotics throughout the region.”
The mission of the FOL on Curaçao and Aruba is defined in a bilateral agreement between the US and the Kingdom of the Netherlands, and all operations carried out at the FOLs are limited to activities that detect and monitor illicit narcotics trafficking, the release added.
Bron: Daily Herald