Roles

The Jamaica Defence Force (JDF) Coast Guard is the naval arm of the Force. The JDF Coast Guard is tasked with the maintenance of law and order in Jamaica’s maritime domain. This domain is approximately 240,000sq km or approximately twenty five times the size of the mainland. Two of the missions executed by the Coast Guard are maritime safety and maritime law enforcement. Maritime safety involves search and rescue, pleasure craft inspections, response to oil spills and other hazardous substances. Maritime law missions include fisheries protection, drug interdiction, and customs and immigration.

In order to meet the demands of the Unit’s operational tempo and requirements, there is a weekly rotation of personnel from one outstation to another. The locations of the outstations assist greatly with the fulfillment of the Unit’s missions. Jamaica’s maritime domain is expansive thus the JDF Coast Guard Headquarters would not be able to respond to its ever increasing demands without the establishment of the outstations which tremendously helps the Unit to fulfill its roles. The Unit’s flexibility and innovation are exercised daily in maintaining a presence in out maritime domain.

In keeping with its motto, “Service for the lives of others,” the Coast Guard continues to provide assistance to civil authority, civilian agencies and individual fishermen in its search and rescue operations.