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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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ORG: Table revised Fiscal Responsibility Bill before Summer Recess - Jul 10, 2018 - 4:17:20 PM

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“The implementation of the Fiscal Responsibility Bill should be treated with at least the same level of urgency as the short-notice imposition of the VAT increase.” These are the sentiments of The Organization for Responsible Governance, which is pushing for the drafted Fiscal Responsibility Bill (FRB) to be tabled and debated ahead of the customary parliamentary summer recess.

Citing the Minister of Finance’s original target of having the legislation in place ahead of this budget cycle the Organization urged the Government to move swiftly in having the legislation passed...
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Migrants Apprehended in Inagua - Jul 9, 2018 - 3:32:54 PM

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Coral Harbour Base (RBDF): A US Coast Guard OPBAT helicopter spotted 6 Haitian migrants on the North shore of Inagua earlier this morning. Those migrants were airlifted to Matthew Town. Several additional migrants were found in the nearby bushes by the local community and law enforcement agencies, and Royal Bahamas Defence Force personnel following a combined search of the island.

The migrants have all been turned over to Immigration officials for further questioning. An ongoing search for additional migrants is currently taking place. It is estimated that 120 may have landed.
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RBDF apprehends Foreign fishermen - Jul 8, 2018 - 11:00:03 AM

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Royal Bahamas Defence Force Marines apprehended a foreign fishing vessel with fishery products onboard on Friday afternoon within the Exuma Cays Land and Sea Park.

While conducting a routine patrol approximately one and a half miles southeast of Warderick Wells Cay within the Exuma Cays Land and Sea Park, Defence Force Marines assigned to the area, along with the Park Warden spotted a 63 foot American registered pleasure craft with six Americans onboard...
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Haitian Migrants Charged before Courts - Jul 6, 2018 - 6:45:35 AM

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A total of 46 Haitian migrants were charged before the courts in Nassau after they were apprehended in Bahamian waters on Tuesday past by members of the Royal Bahamas Defence Force.

The migrants, (38 males, 8 females) all pleaded guilty to illegal landing before Magistrate Carolyn Evans on Thursday.

Two of the migrants were repeat offenders, and were sentenced to The Bahamas Department of Corrections. Alliance Alcy will serve 3 months in jail and Sherline Myrtil will serve 6 months...
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RBDF Rangers (Long Island) Passing out Parade - Jul 3, 2018 - 2:03:38 PM
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It was an historic day on the island of Long Island, as 54 students were inducted into the Royal Bahamas Defence Force’s (RBDF) Rangers Program, following a Passing out Parade ceremony.

The students represented the 2 high schools on the island, namely; the N. G. M. Major High in Deadmans’s Cay and the North Long Island High School in Simms. This latest addition in Long Island brings the total to 23 schools in New Providence and 22 schools in the Family Islands. The Rangers programme, which has been in existence since 1995 in the capital, has since expanded to include 6 Family Islands...
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RBDF Rangers (Grand Bahama) Passing out Parade - Jul 1, 2018 - 4:45:12 PM

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A total of 54 students were inducted into the Royal Bahamas Defence Force’s (RBDF) Rangers Program on the island of Grand Bahama during a recent Passing out Parade ceremony at the C. A. Smith Government Complex in Freeport.

Attending the ceremony were Acting Permanent Secretary for the Ministry of National Security, Mr. Eugene Poitier representing the Minister of National Security, the Hon. Marvin Dames); Commander Chappelle Whyms, Commanding Officer Northern Command (representing the Commander Defence Force, Commodore Tellis Bethel), and Rangers Director, Lieutenant Delvonne Duncombe...
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20 nations experience Tradewinds 2018 Bahamian cultural show - Jun 26, 2018 - 8:20:44 PM
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After over 2 weeks of military and law enforcement training for the largest regional training exercise of its kind, the Royal Bahamas Defence Force hosted hundreds of participants of Exercise Tradewinds 2018 from over 20 nations got a few hours to soak in and enjoy the culture of The Bahamas.

With the official closing ceremony for the Exercise taking place earlier in the day at HMBS Coral Harbour, the excited members of security forces from England, United Kingdom, France, Canada, Mexico, the United States and throughout the Caribbean enjoyed the Cultural Show experience at Arawak Cay...
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Dominican Poachers Charged before Courts - Jun 24, 2018 - 9:19:59 AM

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HMBS Durward Knowles, under the command of Lieutenant Commander Omarv Saunders, apprehended the 50-ft Dominican fishing vessel, Brailyn on the Great Bahama Bank on June 16th with the 4 Dominican fishermen, along with a quantity of scaled fish on board.

An additional 20 Dominican fishermen were also apprehended by Cuban authorities after Defence Force officials notified Cuban border authorities of the Dominicans fleeing to Cuban waters... 
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Tradewinds 2018 Closing Ceremony - Jun 24, 2018 - 7:41:39 AM
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The Minister of National Security, the Honourable Marvin Dames, expressed profound thanks for the United States Government's sponsorship of Exercise Tradewinds, the largest annual regional event of its kind that promotes Caribbean Security among partner nations.  

In his remarks at the closing ceremony for Exercise Tradewinds 2018 at Coral Harbour Base, Minister Dames emphasized the importance of training together as a unified body.

“Over the past 3 weeks, this exercise has also strengthened the strong bonds of security cooperation that exist between regional and international partners at the operational and tactical levels”, said Minister Dames...
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US Major General visits Commander Defence Force - Jun 21, 2018 - 6:00:08 AM

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Major General Robert M. Branyon, Deputy Commander for Mobilization and Reserve Affairs for the United States Southern Command (USSOUTHCOM) paid a courtesy call on Commodore Tellis Bethel, Commander Defence Force at HMBS Coral Harbour on June 20, 2018.

The courtesy call was made on behalf of Admiral Kurt Tidd, the Commander of US Southern Command, which is the coordinating agency for all US sponsored Exercise Tradewinds events.
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RBDF apprehends Dominican poachers - Jun 18, 2018 - 8:00:43 PM

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Her Majesty's Bahamian Ship (HMBS) Durward Knowles apprehended a Dominican fishing vessel for poaching in Bahamian waters on Saturday morning.

While on routine patrol in the southern Bahamas, HMBS Durward Knowles, under the command of Lieutenant Commander Omarv Saunders apprehended a 50-ft Dominican fishing vessel on the Great Bahama Bank...
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Tradewinds Soft Opening - Jun 15, 2018 - 9:38:41 PM

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Commander Defence Force, Commodore Tellis Bethel, officially welcomed the 800 participants from 22 nations to Tradewinds 2018 during a soft opening ceremony on June 14th at the Defence Force Base.

As he welcomed the troops to The Bahamas, Commodore Bethel, who is also the Chief of Defence Staff for the regional exercise, encouraged participants to take advantage of every opportunity to learn and improve their skills for the collective security of the region...
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Commander Defence Force pays courtesy call on visiting Tradewinds Ships - Jun 14, 2018 - 12:09:45 PM

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Commander Defence Force, Commodore Tellis Bethel, paid a courtesy call on four commanding officers of foreign military and auxiliary vessels on 13th June 2018. The officers and their vessels are participating in Exercise Tradewinds. 

Commodore Bethel greeted the officers aboard the Royal Fleet Auxillary (RFA) Landing Ship Mount Bay in his capacity as Chief of Defence Staff for Exercise Tradewinds. RFA Mount Bay is commanded by Captain Peter Selby and is moored at Prince George Wharf...
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RBDF Marines make Drug Arrest - Jun 10, 2018 - 5:24:00 PM

Royal Bahamas Defence Force Marines apprehended two males suspected of having a quantity of drugs on Sunday afternoon.

While conducting a routine search on Waderick Wells Cay, also known as the Exuma Cays Land and Sea Park, Defence Force Marines assigned to the area, along with the Park Warden found a large quantity of suspected marijuana on the Cay.

Two men, who were in the immediate vicinity with their disabled vessel, were taken into custody and handed over to Police with the suspected drugs for further investigation...

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Defence Force participates in Mud Run - Jun 6, 2018 - 10:31:30 AM

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The winning team from the Defence Force consisted of: Able Seaman Gregory Lockhart, Able Seaman Georgino Bodie, Able Mechanic Kevin Hall, Marine Seaman Darius Johnson and Marine Mechanic Kyland Cash.  Placing 2nd overall was Marine Seaman Wellington Ramsey.

At the conclusion of the race, winners and top finishers were presented with medals and trophies...
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Defence Force’s Harbour Patrol Unit assists in Search and Rescue Efforts Coral - Jun 4, 2018 - 2:15:40 PM
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Royal Bahamas Defence Force Marines attached to the Harbour Patrol Unit (HPU) rescued 5 individuals, including an 8-year-old child after a 20-ft speed boat ran aground on a Cay late Sunday Night.

After receiving information shortly after 11:00pm of a vessel that hit a reef on Long Cay located just north of Arawak Cay, Patrol craft P-40 coxswained by Leading Seaman Mario Ramsey went to investigate. After arriving on the scene and discovering the area was inaccessible by boat...

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