The Belize Defence Force is the owner of a new Cessna Caravan 208 aircraft, which was officially handed over to the Ministry of National Defence and Border Security by the U.S. Government at the Williamson Hangar Complex in Ladyville.

Prime Minister Hon. John Brice�o was present for the handing over of the US$7.84-million donation from the U.S. Southern Command through the United States Foreign Military Financing program. The new aircraft will be key to the modernization of the BDF's Airwing, assisting with reconnaissance, search and rescue and other military operations across the country.

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