Way back in the days of HQ Caribbean Area and the W Indies battalion in Kingston Jamaica, with infantry Companies detached in British Guiana (BG), Bahamas (Nassau) and British Honduras (BH), it was a wonderful thing to be all those miles of travel from the CO and RSM and the usual HQ bullsh*t. I was lucky and got flown to BH with the Z Company 1st Bn The Royal Hampshires advance party, the main body arriving on HMT Dunera a few weeks later. Further contact with HQ was either by the weekly BWIA flight or in emergency through Miami, communications using morse telegraphy on a high powered police radio (until the Royal Signals provided two radiomen, some equipment and a mast and we were masters of our own comms. We had a rather idyllic life, 24 hours standby Platoon every 4th day in theory, but usually more often when Platoons went out training. Belize (City) was a fairly quiet place that observed the afternoon siesta and came back to life in the evenings. The Hurricane Hattie arrived at the end of October 1961 and flattened much of Belize (City) and the only building left in Airport Camp were two godolphin shelters and the transmitter shed. All other huts were razed down to stripped concrete plinths. The few families were evacuated to Jamaica on the first available aircraft and the soldiers remained for another two weeks until relieved by Y Company from Jamaica and 1st Bn The Worcesters from UK. Shortly after, with the independance of Jamaice, Caribbean Area ceased to exist and a Garrison was formed in Belize, initially commanded by a Colonel and later by a Brigadier. Now, in 2007, the British presence is the British Army Training Support Unit Belize (BATSUB), approximately 70 strong which administers and trains visiting Brit units and assist in training the Belize Defence Force (BDF).