Venezuela has been laying claim to the vast mineral-rich area of jungle west of the Essequibo River, which accounts for about 40% of Guyana’s territory. Earlier this year, Nicolás Maduro extended Venezuela’s maritime claims after Exxon Mobil announced it had made a significant oil discovery in Guyana’s territorial waters.
Then earlier this month, Suriname’s President Desi Bouterse was quoted in the media in his country as saying that the issue regarding the New River Triangle territory, which both countries have been claiming intermittently for decades, was back on the agenda.
Granger said that in order for Guyana to face head on, the claims being invented by Venezuela and Suriname, a plan for total national defense is vital.
The Guyana Defence Force isn’t very intimidating
- 4 aircraft and helicopters
- Nothing even close to something that could engaged in air to air combat.
- Only a couple armoured vehicles
- The navy is nothing more than few river patrol boats.
According to the CIA Factbook, there is only 1,100 enlisted in the military. To say it’s inadequate to stop any country from rolling over it, would be an understatement.
Here is the recruiting video.
Guyana has only 1,100 enlisted troops and yet has Special Forces?