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Defence Force responds to Sightings of Poachers - Aug 27, 2018 - 7:55:15 AM

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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...
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Defence Force rescues Boaters - Aug 25, 2018 - 10:55:56 AM

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Two boaters are grateful to be home after they were rescued from their disabled vessel by members of the Royal Bahamas Defence Force late Thursday night.

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...
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Defence Force rescues Jet Ski occupants and retrieves body from sea - Aug 16, 2018 - 11:52:46 PM

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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.

Shortly 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 to safety...
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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)...
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Defence Force receives Patrol Craft from US Government - Aug 15, 2018 - 10:06:39 AM

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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.

Bringing 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 in Nassau...
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Defence Force Officer receives Bridgewatchkeeping Certificate - Aug 14, 2018 - 11:59:50 AM

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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.

The 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...
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Dominican Poachers receive over $3 Million in fines - Aug 11, 2018 - 10:19:57 AM

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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...
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Defence Force Rangers complete Leadership Summer Camp - Aug 7, 2018 - 11:04:43 AM

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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.

Conducted 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...
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US Coast Guard Officials pay courtesy call on Commander Defence Force - Aug 1, 2018 - 11:22:45 PM

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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 Force Base.

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 The Bahamas...
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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...
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Defence Force Rangers Becoming Certified Divers - Jul 31, 2018 - 3:39:29 PM

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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 participants...

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Final Farewell to Defence Force Marine - Jul 30, 2018 - 10:43:06 PM

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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 Deveaux Streets.

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...
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RBDF recovers Stolen Vessel with RBDF Drone - Jul 30, 2018 - 6:25:51 PM

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Coral Harbour Base, (RBDF): The Royal Bahamas Defence Force tracked and recovered a stolen vessel earlier this morning.

After 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.

The 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...
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GGYA hosts seven countries for regional adventurous journey - Jul 28, 2018 - 8:09:33 AM

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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...
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RBDF Rangers take on Journalism - Jul 23, 2018 - 11:24:34 PM

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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.
Last 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...
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Royal Bahamas Defence Force launches Operation Marlin Spike’s Decisive Phase - Jul 23, 2018 - 10:40:38 AM

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The Royal Bahamas Defence Force successfully launched its Operation Marlin Spike Decisive Phase on July 19 at the Bahamas National Trust Retreat.

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... 
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Defence Force assists Police in recovery of Stolen Vessel - Jul 22, 2018 - 6:19:48 PM

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The Royal Bahamas Defence Force‘s Northern Command assisted Police Officers stationed at Bimini in the recovery of a stolen vessel on Thursday morning.

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... 

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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...
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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. 

These 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...
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Defence Force joins in 45th Independence Celebrations - Jul 13, 2018 - 11:01:29 AM

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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 occasion unforgettable...

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