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Dominican Poachers Charged before Courts - Dec 16, 2018 - 5:35:03 PM

Three days after they were apprehended by the Royal Bahamas Defence Force, 7 Dominican fishermen were charged before the courts on December 14, 2018 in New Providence for poaching in Bahamian waters.

The RBDF patrol craft P-129, coxswained by Petty Officer Edison Rolle, apprehended the 7 Dominicans aboard two small go-fast type boats approximately 20 feet in length.  The incident took place around noon on Tuesday 11 November 2018 in the area of Little Inagua with approximately 150 pounds of scaled fish and lobster on board...
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Dominican Poachers Charged before Courts - Dec 15, 2018 - 5:49:17 PM

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Three days after they were apprehended by the Royal Bahamas Defence Force, 7 Dominican fishermen were charged before the courts on December 14, 2018 in New Providence for poaching in Bahamian waters.

The RBDF patrol craft P-129, coxswained by Petty Officer Edison Rolle, apprehended the 7 Dominicans aboard two small go-fast type boats approximately 20 feet in length.  The incident took place around noon on Tuesday 11 November 2018 in the area of Little Inagua with approximately 50 pounds of scaled fish and lobster on board...
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Bahamas to build social and financial resilience against natural disasters with IDB support - Dec 14, 2018 - 1:38:41 PM

The Bahamas will strengthen its natural disaster risk management by contributing to building resilience of its public finances against the impacts of climate change with a $100 million contingent loan facility from the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB). This loan facility will provide the country with quick access to liquid resources to timely finance extraordinary public expenses that could arise in the future during emergencies caused by severe or catastrophic natural disasters...
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Defence Force apprehends Poachers - Dec 12, 2018 - 9:43:19 AM

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The Royal Bahamas Defence Force (RBDF) apprehended 7 Dominican fishermen aboard two small go-fast type boats around noon on Tuesday 11 November 2018 in the area of Little Inagua.

The two Dominican boats  were apprehended just off Little Inagua by RBDF patrol craft P-129, coxswained by Petty Officer Edison Rolle, while on routine patrol. On board were 7 Dominican fishermen, along with a quantity of scaled fish and crawfish... 
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BTC pays fine for breach of number portability regulations - Dec 11, 2018 - 7:39:16 PM

Consumers affected by a regulatory breach by the Bahamas Telecommunications Company (BTC) can expect to receive a $100 credit applied to their cellular mobile account on 12 December 2018.

The credit to affected consumers is the result of a determination made by URCA on 7 May 2018. URCA found that on 24 and 25 November 2017, BTC failed to comply with the requirements of the rules and regulations relating to mobile number portability causing unacceptable delays to 514 customers seeking to “port” their telephone numbers to Be Aliv Limited (Aliv)...
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Defence Force Wins The Bahamas Law Enforcement Fun, Run, Walk Event - Nov 28, 2018 - 2:40:05 AM

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Approximately 40 participants from the Royal Bahamas Defence Force took part and dominated The Bahamas Law Enforcement Cooperative Credit Union Fun, Run and Walk competition this past weekend.

The 3-mile race commenced at The Bahamas Law Enforcement Credit Union, Collins Avenue and took the competitors over Paradise Island and returned to the Credit Union. Members from the Defence and Police Forces participated in this event.
Lieutenant Edward Fritz won the Under-50 male category...
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RBDF Conducts Trafficking in Persons Seminar - Nov 27, 2018 - 10:36:22 AM

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The Royal Bahamas Defence Force continues to raise awareness, as well as sensitize its personnel to illicit activities associated with Trafficking in Persons (TIPS) through training seminars coordinated by the RBDF Training Department at the Coral Harbour Base. 

The Defence Force is a multi-faceted, multi-purpose agency, and Commander Defence Force, Commodore Tellis Bethel, is adamant that partnerships with local law enforcement agencies be strengthened in keeping with the strategic agenda of the Minister of National Security, the Honourable Marvin Dames...
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RBDF says tabloid report about vessels "false and misleading" - Nov 26, 2018 - 9:55:34 PM

The recent report by a local tabloid stating that 8 of 11 Royal Bahamas Defence Force (RBDF) vessels were broken down are false and misleading. "Reporting of unverified information to the general public as fact is blatantly irresponsible," said Commodore Bethel.

The RBDF has 9 Damen-built patrol craft and 2 Bahama Class vessels that were refitted by Damen in the Netherlands. Six out of the 9 Damen-built vessels are operational; 3 are nonoperational, with 2 of them requiring short term maintenance due to normal wear and tear; and the third vessel (HMBS Dion Hanna)...
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Two Men rescued off Delaporte by RBDF - Nov 24, 2018 - 6:00:17 AM

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Royal Bahamas Defence Force rescued two Bahamian men around 1:30 a.m. this morning  after their small craft capsized in ocean waters off Delaporte Point.

The two men were left holding onto their 12-ft Boston Whaler, which capsized without life jackets when the incident happened in strong winds and six to eight foot seas. RBDF patrol craft, P-40, coxswained by Leading Seaman Anthony Rigby from the RBDF Harbour Patrol Unit was deployed and found them after being notified by occupants onboard the boat...
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Sporting Hall of Famers Visit Defence Force Base - Nov 23, 2018 - 8:51:51 PM

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Five outstanding athletes from The Bahamas sporting community paid a visit at the Royal Bahamas Defence Force’s Coral Harbour Base on November 16, 2018.

The men and women are among 11 individuals who were inducted into the National Hall of Fame on November 23 at Government House. While at the military base, they were given an overview of the daily operations of the RBDF. Their visit included a tour of the Force’s Medical Center and HMBS Rolly Gray, one of the Legend Class vessels...
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Joint Search Effort Continued for Missing Aircraft - Nov 19, 2018 - 10:37:32 PM

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Ongoing recovery efforts by Royal Bahamas Defence Force (RBDF), the Royal Bahamas Police Force and volunteer divers, and Bahamas Air Sea Rescue Association and a glass bottom boat continue to yield findings of debris eleven days after a light aircraft piloted by Captain Byron Ferguson crashed off the northwest coast of New Providence on Thursday 8th November, 2018.

Altogether, a total of eleven days, five key agencies (The Bahamas Air Accident Investigation Department, the Royal Bahamas Defence and Police Forces, Bahamas Air Sea Search and Rescue Association, and the United States Coast Guard)...
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RBDF assists in Joint Rescue Effort at Sea - Nov 19, 2018 - 1:00:45 PM

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A joint rescue operation between the Royal Bahamas Defence Force and the United States Coast Guard resulted in the rescue of three Bahamians at sea on Sunday past.

The three men were at sea when their vessel ran out of fuel Sunday evening. A cruise ship spotted the boat adrift west of Cat Island and reported it to the US Coast Guard, who in turn informed Operation Bahamas Turks and Caicos. The  RBDF was informed and deployed a patrol craft to assist the vessel...
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Rights Bahamas: Officer slaps alleged tourist - Nov 18, 2018 - 6:26:52 PM

Rights Bahamas has been made aware of a recently released viral video of a police officer with the Royal Bahamas Police Force physically assaulting a man that had been accused of loitering in a public place. The video starts with shaky footage of the side-walk as the officer can be seen communicating with an alleged tourist on vacation. As the gentleman is given his passport, he pulls it quickly out of the officer’s hands, and is then slapped in the face by the officer...
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Defence Force Joins in Remembrance Day Celebrations - Nov 12, 2018 - 12:45:15 AM

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Commodore Tellis Bethel along with the Officers and Marines of  the Royal Bahamas Defence Force joined the world in commemorating veterans of World Wars I and II on  Remembrance Day. Instituted by King George V in 1919 in honour of these men and women, Remembrance Day is recognized by Great Britain, her overseas territories, allies and former colonies.

This year’s ceremony also marked the culmination of many activities that members of the British Legion-Bahamas Branch (BLBB) showcased this year in commemoration of the 100th Anniversary of the ending of World War 1 on 11th November 1918...
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HMBS Lawrence Major transports equipment and materials - Nov 10, 2018 - 6:45:14 PM

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Coral Harbour Base - The Royal Bahamas Defence Force Auxiliary vessel, HMBS Lawrence Major, departed  Coral Harbour Base this afternoon to transport equipment and materials for the installation of a Meteorological Doppler radar in Long Island on behalf of The Bahamas Meteorological Department.

 The Doppler Radar will be installed on the Island as part of that Department's weather radar coverage system for The Bahamas...
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Port Department and the Defence Force Investigating Floating Container Unit - Nov 10, 2018 - 12:21:24 PM

The Royal Bahamas Defence Force is warning boaters to stay clear of an unidentified floating container unit found in waters off Farmer's Cay in the Exuma chain.

The estimated 20 feet x 40 feet metal container is currently located at position: Latitude: 23.57 North and Longitude 076.11 West (Farmer's Cay Cut). The residents of Farmer's Cay had anchored the container unit and have also placed a light on it to enhance its visibility after dark...
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Defence Force Joins in Search Operation after Plane Crashes - Nov 9, 2018 - 4:17:55 PM

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Search and Rescue teams from Nassau Airport Development Company, Bahamas Airport Authority, the Royal Bahamas Police Force Fire Services, the Royal Bahamas Defence Force Harbour Patrol Unit, the United States Coast Guard, and BASRA were dispatched to the north shore of New Providence in search of a light aircraft that crashed in waters off Nirvana Beach late night on Thursday 8 November 2018.

The six seater Aztec aircraft was later spotted by Defence Force patrol crews shortly after 10:00 p.m.  just before sinking in waters half mile offshore...
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British Legion and Defence Force March to Rawson Square - Nov 3, 2018 - 6:27:13 PM

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The British Legion-Bahamas Branch (BLBB) in collaboration with the Royal Bahamas Defence Force will pay homage to all Bahamian military veterans who served during World War 1 in a wreath laying ceremony at Rawson Square on Sunday November 4th at 2:30 p.m.

Officers and Marines from the Royal Bahamas Defence Force will parade from the Western Esplanade near Arawak Cay to Rawson Square in downtown Nassau. This event will be done as a tribute to the 30 soldiers who marched from East Street to Rawson Square and onto Prince George Wharf in 1914...
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Defence Force says Farewell to Senior Enlisted - Nov 1, 2018 - 7:41:04 PM

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The Royal Bahamas Defence bid adieu to Chief Petty Officer (CPO) Lucitas Greene on October 29, who recently retired as an active serviceman, during a brief ceremony at HMBS Coral Harbour.

In his farewell speech, CPO Greene thanked the organization for affording him the opportunity to serve his country. He admonished those in attendance to not settle for mediocrity, but rather strive to stand out in the crowd. As he embarks on a new chapter in his life...
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HMBS BAHAMAS arrives from The Netherlands - Oct 27, 2018 - 11:15:22 PM

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After completing her refit at the Maaskant Shipyard in Stellendam, The Kingdom of The Netherlands, Her Majesty's Bahamian Ship (HMBS) BAHAMAS departed The Netherlands on October 4th arriving at Coral Harbour Base on 27th October, 2018 at 9:30 am.

The 24-day journey took the ship's company from The Netherlands through the English Channel, and west of the coasts of France, Spain and Portugal to the former Portuguese colonies of Madeira, near Morocco, and Cape Verde, near Mauratania; both small archipelagos off the west coast of North Africa...

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