||Last Updated: Nov 16, 2018 - 12:54:19 PM
Defence Force responds to Sightings of Poachers
- Aug 27, 2018 - 7:55:15 AM
On Thursday August 23, the Defence Force received information that two
foreign vessels were spotted by Bahamian fishermen and locals around
10:00 am approximately two nautical miles east of Cape Santa Maria, Long
Island. An RBDF patrol craft that was in the southern Bahamas was
directed to investigate the report following a confirmed sighting by an
RBDF aircraft, which was on patrol in the area.
Under the command
of Senior Lieutenant Grere Martin, the RBDF aircraft sighted the
reported vessels near Long Island later that day. Subsequently, HMBS
Lignum Vitae, under the command of Senior Lieutenant Bertram Bowleg,
intercepted and boarded the vessels off Long Island later that evening...
Defence Force rescues Boaters
- Aug 25, 2018 - 10:55:56 AM
Two boaters are grateful to be home after they were rescued from
their disabled vessel by members of the Royal Bahamas Defence Force late
Two Bahamian men left
Riverwatch Marine in Florida on Wednesday morning enroute to Abaco
onboard a 29-ft Cabin Cruiser. After they did not arrive at their
destination within the expected time, concerned relatives informed the
relevant authorities. A search was immediately conducted by members of
the Defence Force, BASRA and a US Coast Guard aircraft...
Defence Force rescues Jet Ski occupants and retrieves body from sea
- Aug 16, 2018 - 11:52:46 PM
Two individuals are counting their blessings after they were
rescued from waters near Potters' Cay on Thursday afternoon by Royal
Bahamas Defence Force Military Divers and Marines attached to the
Defence Force's Harbour Patrol Unit.
after 4:00 pm Thursday, two Bahamian occupants – an adult male and a
young child were riding a Jet Ski on the eastern side of Potters' Cay
Dock when they lost control, causing the Jet Ski to overturn. Marines in
the area immediately jumped into the water and pulled both individuals
TCL Group Business Outlook expected to factor in Andros economy rebound
- Aug 16, 2018 - 3:59:40 PM
Androsians have high hopes that the upcoming 6th Andros Business
Outlook will be key to the recovery of the island’s economy, which was
devastated by Hurricane Matthew in late 2016. This year’s lineup will
include a special workshop by the Department of Inland Revenue and a
presentation on the World Trade Organization (WTO)...
Defence Force receives Patrol Craft from US Government
- Aug 15, 2018 - 10:06:39 AM
The Royal Bahamas Defence Force received a boost to its fleet of vessels
with the addition of a new patrol craft as a presentation from the
United States' government to The Bahamas government on August 14.
remarks during a brief ceremony at the Defence Force’s Harbour Patrol
Unit were the Honorable Marvin Dames, Minister of National Security and
Ms. Stephanie Bowers, US Chargé d’Affaires at the United States Embassy
Defence Force Officer receives Bridgewatchkeeping Certificate
- Aug 14, 2018 - 11:59:50 AM
Commander Defence Force, Commodore Tellis Bethel and the RBDF’S
Executive Command team extends Bravo Zulu to Sub Lieutenant Preston
Major, who received his Bridgewatch Keeping Certificate.
young Officer, who currently serves on HMBS Rolly Gray as the
Navigating Officer, is now officially qualified to be an Officer of the
Watch on any Royal Bahamas Defence Force craft. He was presented with
his certificate on August 10 at HMBS Coral Harbour by Commodore Bethel,
who congratulated Major on his achievement...
Dominican Poachers receive over $3 Million in fines
- Aug 11, 2018 - 10:19:57 AM
At a Special sitting of Magistrate Courts on Friday past at the Remand
Centre at the Department of Correctional Services, 46 Dominicans changed
their Pleas from "Not Guilty" to that of "guilty" on charges related to
illegal fishing in Bahamian waters.
The Dominican nationals
received were previously charged before the courts on July 12 after they
were apprehended by HMBS Madeira for poaching in the southern Bahamas.
At that time, they pleaded "not guilty" to numerous charges totaling
over $3 million dollars, namely...
Defence Force Rangers complete Leadership Summer Camp
- Aug 7, 2018 - 11:04:43 AM
A group of young cadets from the Royal Bahamas Defence Force Rangers
programme are better prepared for the challenges ahead after they
successfully completed the 3rd Annual Rangers Leadership Summer Camp.
at St. George’s High School in Grand Bahama, the Summer Program was
broken down into six Personal Development Courses, namely: Ranger’s
Advance Officers Training Course, Ranger’s Officers Training Course, the
Governor General Youth Award (GGYA) Expedition Qualifying Hike, and
Introduction to Photojournalism...
US Coast Guard Officials pay courtesy call on Commander Defence Force
- Aug 1, 2018 - 11:22:45 PM
Commander Michael Benson and Lieutenant Commander Justin Matejka from
the United States Embassy in Nassau, paid a courtesy call on Commander
Defence Force, Commodore Tellis Bethel on July 31, 2018 at the Defence
Commander Benson serves as Director
of Operation Turks and Caicos (OPBAT) at the U.S. Embassy in Nassau. He
replaces Commander Tom Gill, who recently completed his tour of duty in
Joint Statement by Ministry of Finance and Retail Grocers Association
- Aug 1, 2018 - 5:37:15 PM
The Ministry of Finance congratulates businesses on successfully
implementing the VAT-Free breadbasket and medicine list. The Retail
Grocers Association and the Manufacturers’ Agents and Wholesalers
Association have been instrumental in coordinating with businesses to
facilitate the transition. This was critical to minimize any
inconvenience to Bahamian consumers, and to ensure businesses are in
compliance with the new laws and regulations.
It is important to
note, the VAT-Free breadbasket is not limited to the price control
list. The VAT regulations, which are administered by the Department of
Inland Revenue, are directly tied to the classification of goods under
the Bahamas Customs Tariff Headings...
Defence Force Rangers Becoming Certified Divers
- Jul 31, 2018 - 3:39:29 PM
Twenty-four (24) Royal Bahamas Defence Force Rangers are working
towards their Open Water Dive Certification at the Rangers Summer
Program in Grand Bahama.
The 3rd Annual Rangers
Leadership Summer Camp, which is currently being at St. George’s High
School, is designed to develop character and leadership skills among the
Rangers. The Professional Association of Diving Instructors (PADI) Open
Water Dive Course is one of several units being offered to the
Final Farewell to Defence Force Marine
- Jul 30, 2018 - 10:43:06 PM
The Royal Bahamas Defence Force said a final farewell to Able
Seaman Bravado Thompson, who was remembered during a home going service
on July 27 at Our Lady of the Holy Souls Catholic Church, Young and
Bringing remarks were
Acting Permanent Secretary for the Ministry of National Security, Mr.
Eugene Poitier and Commander Defence Force, Commodore Tellis Bethel.
Officiating were Father Oswald Ferguson, Priest at the Catholic Church,
along with Reverend Prince Bodie, the Defence Force's Chaplain...
RBDF recovers Stolen Vessel with RBDF Drone
- Jul 30, 2018 - 6:25:51 PM
Coral Harbour Base, (RBDF): The Royal Bahamas Defence Force
tracked and recovered a stolen vessel earlier this morning.
receiving information from the Lyford Cay Security of a 21-ft blue and
white open-hull pleasure craft being stolen from the Lyford Cay Marina
around 3:00 a.m. this morning, a search was immediately conducted by
Marines from the Defence Force Commando Squadron.
search and recovery exercise later became a joint operation when the
Royal Bahamas Police Force informed the Defence Force of the craft's
location in the Seabreeze area. The Marines, aided by the Defence
Force’s Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV), were then deployed to the area...
GGYA hosts seven countries for regional adventurous journey
- Jul 28, 2018 - 8:09:33 AM
In an adventurous gathering that has, over the years, seen participants
climb Jamaica's Blue Mountain, chase waterfalls in Guyana and explore St
Vincent’s dormant volcano among other daring exploits, The Bahamas will
play host to regional thrill seekers in town to conquer Cat Island and
snag an internationally recognized Award along with an experience they
will not soon forget.
The Caribbean Award Sub Regional Council
(CASC) Adventurous Journey will take place in the Bahamas from July 27
to August 10. Approximately, 134 persons are attending this year's event
hosted by the Governor General’s Youth Award (GGYA) under the theme
"Rakers and Scrapers." That number includes 30 persons from The Bahamas...
RBDF Rangers take on Journalism
- Jul 23, 2018 - 11:24:34 PM
Approximately 20 Royal Bahamas Defence Force (RBDF) Rangers cadets
are better prepared with fundamental skills after successfully
completing phase 1 of the Journalism Course at the RBDF Rangers Summer
Camp in Grand Bahama.
A total of 70 Rangers are attending the event, which is being held in Freeport.
month 38 young Rangers completed a 2-week Rangers Music Camp in Nassau
where a number of them learned how to play a musical instrument for the
first time. During the first week of this latest Summer Program that is
being held in Freeport...
Royal Bahamas Defence Force launches Operation Marlin Spike’s Decisive Phase
- Jul 23, 2018 - 10:40:38 AM
The Royal Bahamas Defence Force successfully launched its Operation
Marlin Spike Decisive Phase on July 19 at the Bahamas National Trust
Operation Marlin Spike is a Defence
Force-led initiative designed to heighten public awareness of Defence
Force duties and activities in safeguarding the people of The Bahamas,
especially in the areas of marine and environmental protection, which
play a vital role in the future of the Commonwealth...
Defence Force assists Police in recovery of Stolen Vessel
- Jul 22, 2018 - 6:19:48 PM
The Royal Bahamas Defence Force‘s Northern Command assisted Police
Officers stationed at Bimini in the recovery of a stolen vessel on
After receiving information
on Wednesday that a 21-ft open hull water craft was removed from the
Taino Beach area in Freeport, Defence Force Patrol craft P-129 along
with a Police patrol craft immediately began searching for the vessel...
American Airlines announces return to Bahamas from New York-Laguardia
- Jul 16, 2018 - 12:49:13 PM
This winter American is growing its presence in the Bahamas with a
return of year-round service between New York-LaGuardia (LGA) and Lynden
Pindling International Airport (NAS), Bahamas.
Starting December 22, American will operate a Saturday-only flight with
an Airbus A319 aircraft. This aircraft features 8 seats in First Class,
24 seats dedicated as Main Cabin Extra with more legroom and reserved
overhead bin space, and 96 seats in Main Cabin...
Bahamas Defence Force responds to threats
- Jul 15, 2018 - 5:17:46 PM
The Royal Bahamas Defence Force reassures the general public and
the local fishing community of its commitment to maintaining a strong
presence within our maritime domain to safeguard the people of The
Bahamas against recent threats of harm.
threats were made by way of social media earlier this week after the
Royal Bahamas Defence Force arrested a foreign poaching vessel for
illegally fishing in the southern Bahamas.
The Defence Force will continue to maintain a close working
relationship with the local fishing community, which has resulted in
much success including the recent arrests of two foreign fishing vessels
with a combined total of 50 foreign nationals on board...
Defence Force joins in 45th Independence Celebrations
- Jul 13, 2018 - 11:01:29 AM
Commander Defence Force, Commodore Tellis Bethel, along with the
Executive Command, Officers, Command Warrant Officer, Warrant Officers,
Noncommissioned Officers, Marines, Defence Force Rangers, joined the
country in celebrating its 45th anniversary on Monday night.
The Officers and Marines joined in with partner security Forces and
uniformed branches on Clifford Park in solidarity to help make the