Trinidad and Tobago Military


The defense encompasses 2,700 men enlisted and is organized into two infantry battalions and coast guard with 24 patrol vessels and six unarmed aircraft. The material is semi-modern and of Western origin. Defense costs have decreased from 1.4 to 0.3% of GDP in 1985-2005. To see related acronyms about this country, please check ABBREVIATIONFINDER where you can see that TTO stands for Trinidad and Tobago.

Trinidad and Tobago Army

Port of Spain

Port of Spain, the capital of Trinidad and Tobago; 49,700 residents (2005). The city is an important port city in the southeastern Caribbean with, among other things, transhipment of alumina and bauxite from Guyana and Suriname. It is located in Trinidad below the Northern Range mountain range and out to the Gulf of Paria. The central square of Woodford Square is named after the British governor, during whose reign (1813-28) the city took shape. Here lies, among other things. the Anglican Cathedral Holy Trinity and the Red House with the country’s parliament. It was the scene of a coup attempt in 1990, when Muslim rebels held the prime minister and other politicians trapped for five days.

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The city contains a mix of old and new; west of the great Queen’s Park Savannah lies the Magnificent Seven of the colonial era, a series of Edwardian mansions, built 1904-10. However, the Port of Spain is best known for colorful folk life (see also calypso), not least during the annual Carnival with magnificent parades and the awarding of this year’s Calypso Monarch. Initially it was a Calypso King, but when the female Calypso Rose won the competition one year, it was changed to Monarch. Many ironic calypso songs were written about the coup in 1990, i.e. because the prime minister was held hostage without wearing pants.