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Defence Force says Farewell to Senior Enlisted
- Nov 1, 2018 - 7:41:04 PM
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...
HMBS BAHAMAS arrives from The Netherlands
- Oct 27, 2018 - 11:15:22 PM
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.
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
PM Minnis on Bradley Roberts' Passing
- Oct 25, 2018 - 8:09:21 PM
Cabinet Office announces the sudden passing today of former Member of Parliament and Cabinet Minister Bradley Roberts.
noted and successful businessman, Bradley Roberts was dedicated to
public life. He served for 40 years in the front line of politics,
twenty-five as a Member of Parliament. He was dedicated to the
Progressive Liberal Party, his political home, and up to his retirement
from the front line in October 2017, was the National Chairman of the
Progressive Liberal Party.
He served as Minister of Works and
Utilities and was also a former Minister of Immigration. As well as
being Chairman of the Progressive Liberal Party, he was Deputy Chairman
of the Bahamas Telecommunications Company..
Long Islanders Hope Cries Are Heard At TCL Group’s Business Outlook
- Oct 18, 2018 - 9:00:44 AM
Although Long Island has been able to re-bound since the
devastation caused by Hurricane Joaquin in 2015, without the
construction of a new airport, increased airlift, foreign investment and
island-wide water supply, its economy remains stunted.
recent views expressed in the media, these are the developmental
challenges expressed generally by Long Island residents. It is expected
that this will be the consensus of opinions voiced at the fourth annual
Long Island Business Outlook...
Three Dominican Motherships captured in combined effort
- Oct 15, 2018 - 12:28:04 PM
The Royal Bahamas Defence Force (RBDF) is escorting three
"motherships" with 124 fishermen from the Dominican Republic to the
capital after they were turned over to the Defence Force by the Cuban
Border Patrol earlier today.
had illegally entered Cuban waters after being pursued by the Defence
Force for illegally fishing in Bahamian waters. The apprehension was
the result of a collaborative effort by the Royal Bahamas Defence Force
with the United States Coast Guard and the Cuban Border Patrol over the
past several days...
Bahamas Press Club in support of journalist Clint Watson
- Oct 9, 2018 - 10:56:33 PM
The Bahamas Press Club cries shame on Deputy Prime Minister K. Peter
Turnquest for his unfortunate and unfair marginalization of ILTV, it’s
news director Clint Watson and the informative programme, “Beyond the
On the floor of the House of Assembly on Wednesday,
October 3rd, 2018 Mr. Turnquest categorized the content of such shows as
coming from the “Black Belt Press” or “Ghetto News Network,” which he
says he doesn’t watch, to save himself from having headaches...
Right Bahamas on UB student not being accepted
- Oct 5, 2018 - 12:19:06 PM
Rights Bahamas has recently been contacted regarding a concern with
students at the University of The Bahamas not being accepted, due to
their inability to provide documents from immigration that confirm their
status in the country. A number of highly qualified and intelligent
students have been turned away on a number of occasions, and have been
told that without proof of status they would not qualify to continue
their tertiary education with the University...
RBDF Medical Staff conducts First Aid and CPR Training
- Oct 1, 2018 - 10:08:29 AM
Sixty Marines from the Bahamas Defence Force (RBDF) are better
equipped to render medical assistance to those in need after recently
completing the American Heart Association First Aid and CPR Training at
the Coral Harbour Base.
The course consisted of
three modules which included Medical Emergency, Injury Emergency and
Environmental Emergency. The course enhances medical training relevant
to pre-hospital care to help preserve life until the patient receives
higher medical attention...
RBDF Remembers Historical event
- Sep 30, 2018 - 11:50:30 AM
Cannon John Calnan and the Reverend Ranfurly Brown prayed and blessed
the ceremony while the Royal Bahamas Police Force Band played. In
attendance at the event were Lady Dorothy Cash, wife of the Governor
General, the late Gerald Cash, the Prime Minister of The Bahamas and the
Minister of Defence, the late Lynden Pindling and Mrs. Marguerite
Pindling (now Governor General of The Commonwealth of The Bahamas),
former Minister of Health, Perry Christie (now former Prime Minister)
and his wife, Mrs. Bernadette Christie...
ORG: Integrity Commission/Ombudsman Bill must be prioritized
- Sep 19, 2018 - 12:09:38 PM
As The House of Assembly prepares to reopen session today, The
Organization for Responsible Governance (ORG), a not-for-profit aimed at
good governance, education reform, and economic development, is probing
the status of the Integrity Commission and Ombudsman Bills, tabled in
parliament nearly a year ago.
“It has been an eventful summer;
headlines such as the BPL Board dismissals and the accusations in
recent high profile corruption cases reinforce the need to put best
practice anti-corruption measures in place such as the Integrity
Commission and Ombudsman,” said Matt Aubry, Executive Director of ORG.
Defence Force’s Harbour Patrol Unit Makes Arrest
- Sep 15, 2018 - 11:32:09 PM
Two American citizens are in Police custody after they were found
in possession of suspected drugs and weapons by members of the Royal
Bahamas Defence Force Marines on Friday afternoon.
on patrol shortly after 12:00 pm, Patrol craft P-115, coxswained by
Leading Seaman William Burns conducted a routine boarding and search of a
blue and white Contender in the area of Nassau Harbour east. Results of
the search uncovered a small quantity of suspected marijuana onboard.
Further search of the vessel also uncovered 2 pistols, 1 shotgun and a
total of 262 rounds of ammunition...
Defence Force Helps to Find Missing Female
- Sep 15, 2018 - 9:04:10 PM
Family and friends expressed gratitude for assistance provided by
members of the Royal Bahamas Defence Force in conducting an extensive
search for Ms. Amber Weech, who was reported missing since Wednesday.
after receiving information of her last known whereabouts, members of
the Defence Force’s Coastal Security team assisted family and community
members in carrying out an area-wide search for Ms. Weech. The search
was led by Petty Officer Frederick Clarke along the coastline, in nearby
woods, and throughout local communities...
CIBC FirstCaribbean’s Anguilla operations to close
- Sep 12, 2018 - 11:29:57 AM
CIBC FirstCaribbean International Bank today announced that it has
taken a decision to close its Anguilla office early in the new year.
Director of Barbados and the EC Islands, under which the Anguilla
business falls, Donna Wellington, noted, “We conducted a strategic
review of our business across the region and given the growth path we
have identified we have made the difficult decision to close our
operations in Anguilla...
New CIBC FirstCaribbean Branch to Serve Baha Mar Employees
- Sep 5, 2018 - 12:47:34 PM
CIBC FirstCaribbean expanded their service footprint with the soft
opening of their new Baha Mar branch on Monday, the first of its kind in
The Bahamas. The new branch will exclusively serve over 5,000 Baha Mar
employees, bringing modern, convenient banking to their doorstep.
new branch, which is not accessible by the general public, was designed
taking into consideration the current and future needs of Baha Mar
employees. It comprises a Sales and Self Service Center as well as two
full-service ABMs. With its world-class look and design, it will offer
services such as Platinum & Retail loans, account opening, issuance
of drafts, electronic banking services to facilitate wire transfers, and
RBDF makes history with Divemaster Training
- Sep 2, 2018 - 7:20:01 PM
Nine marines from the Royal Bahamas Defence (RBDF) Force recently
completed six months of intensive dive operations to become the first
RBDF certified Divemasters under the Professional Association of Diving
Instructors (PADI) program
Headed by PADI
Certified Staff Instructor, Chief Petty Officer Thomas Williams, the
course commenced in February 2018 and was completed on 14th August. As a
result of successfully completing this level of dive training...
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