Ministry of National Security: St. Kitts and Nevis Defense Force (SKNDF), St. Kitts and Nevis Coast Guard, the Royal St. Christopher and Nevis Police Force (2023)
note: the Nevis Police Force includes the paramilitary Special Services Unit
the SKNDF has approximately 400 personnel (2022)
the SKNDF is lightly armed with equipment from Belgium, the UK, and the US (2022)
18 years of age for voluntary military service (under 18 with written parental permission); no conscription (2022)
St. Kitts joined the Caribbean Regional Security System (RSS) in 1984; RSS signatories (Antigua and Barbuda, Barbados, Dominica, Grenada, Saint Lucia, and Saint Vincent and the Grenadines) agreed to prepare contingency plans and assist one another, on request, in national emergencies, prevention of smuggling, search and rescue, immigration control, fishery protection, customs and excise control, maritime policing duties, protection of off-shore installations, pollution control, national and other disasters, and threats to national security
SKNDF's missions included defense of the country's territorial integrity and sovereignty, protecting natural resources, interdicting narcotics trafficking, and providing humanitarian relief as needed (2023)
NOTE: The information regarding Saint Kitts and Nevis on this page is re-published from the 2023 World Fact Book of the United States Central Intelligence Agency and other sources. No claims are made regarding the accuracy of Saint Kitts and Nevis 2023 information contained here. All suggestions for corrections of any errors about Saint Kitts and Nevis 2023 should be addressed to the CIA or the source cited on each page.
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