The Regional Security System (RSS) was involved in its first major operation one year after its inception when in 1983, the RSS forces was among the first to land in Grenada during the intervention operation. This provided the RSS with its ultimate test and one which it proved equal. In July 1990 the attempted coup in Trinidad saw the RSS mobilize a force to support the democratic government and the reaction and mobilization were remarkable.
In 1989 Hurricane HUGO set another challenge and the Forces of the region played a vital role in the disaster relief operation. The receipt and dispatch of relief supplies were coordinated by the RSS and the international relief agencies were extremely grateful for the organisation that the RSS provided in a traditionally chaotic area of disaster relief. The concept of the CARICOM Disaster Relief Unit (CDRU) was born out of response to hurricane HUGO.
Operations since Inception
1983 – The Grenada Intervention Operation
1989 – Hurricane HUGO in Antigua, St. Kitts and Nevis and Montserrat
1990 – The aftermath of the attempted Coup in Trinidad and Tobago
|1994 – St Kitts and Nevis – Internal Security (Prison uprising situation)
1995 – Hurricanes LUIS and MARILYN in Antigua and St. Kitts and Nevis
1998 – Hurricane Georges in St. Kitts and Nevis
|1998 – St Vincent and the Grenadines – Operation WEEDEATER (eradication of cannabis)
2003 – St Lucia – Operation BORDELAIS (Transfer of prisoners to new prison)
2004 – Grenada – Hurricane IVAN
2005- Barbados – Operation RESTORE PEACE
2007 – CWC 07 in RSS Member States
2010 – Haiti – Operation RESTORE COMFORT
2011 Response to Hurricane TOMAS in St Vincent and St Lucia