Letter from Bishop to Ustinov 2/17/82

MINISTRY OF DEFENCE

FORT RUPERT – ST. GEORGE’S

GRENADA – WEST INDIES

TELEPHONE: 2265 2578 17th February 1982

TO; MARSHAL DIMITROV USTINOV,
MINISTER OF DEFENCE
USSR

FROM: MINISTER OF DEFENCE, MAURICE BISHOP.

Dear Comrade,

Revolutionary greetings to you, the Communist Party of the Soviet Union and all Soviet people, from the Political Bureau of the New Jewel Movement, Government, Armed Forces and all he Grenadian people.

I am writing this letter to you in reference to training for personnel of the Grenadian Armed Forces in your country

Based on Article Three of the Signed Protocol between the Government of Grenada and the Government of the USSR of 27th October, 1980 in Havana, Cuba, I hereby make the following request -

1. Military preparation for twenty (20) Junior Officers in the following areas in courses lasting a period of one year;

a) General Troops – 6
b) Exploration – 5
c) Communication – 2
d) Engineering – 2
e) Logistics · 5
f) Anti-Aircraft Artillery – 2
g) Terrestrial – 2

2. Training for five(5) senior officers of the General Staff of the armed forces on a rotational basis in courses lasting three to six months.

The comrades who will be prepared in these courses are the leaders of our armed forces and as such cannot stay away for long periods at this time.

The areas of preparation for the comrades will be -

a) General Troops – 4
b) Political work in the Armed Forces -1

We are hope ful that these courses will commence in 1982 and as such we are commencing all the preliminary work for the departure of our comrades.

Comrade Marshal, I want to thank you once more for all the assistance our armed forces have received from your country and say that we are extremely thankful for that.

Finally, I want to say that our Party and Armed Forces look forward with the greatest expectations to our comrades receiving training with the glorious Red Army, in the land of the immortal Lenin and the Great October Revolution which opened a new world to mankind.

We thank you in advance for your kind co-operation and look forward to hearing from you soon.

Maurice Bishop,
COMMANDER IN CHIEF,
CHAIRMAN OF THE CENTRAL COMMITTEE
OF NJM,
PRIME MINISTER AND MINISTER OF
DEFENCE AND INTERIOR.

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