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Joint Operation by Immigration and Defence Force nabs suspected human and drug smugglers - Jul 13, 2019 - 12:50:46 PM

Thirteen suspects apprehended along with a quantity of suspected drugs on Friday 12 July 2019 are in Police custody. The apprehension was the result of a joint operation by Bahamas Immigration Department and Royal Bahamas Defence Force personnel stationed in Freeport, Grand Bahama.

The 1 Bahamian and 12 foreign nationals from 5 foreign nations were apprehended aboard a 25-foot go-fast vessel by a Defence Force patrol craft with Defence Force Marines and Immigration officials around 5:00 p.m...
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BISX Lists World Oil Systems Fund Ltd. - Jul 12, 2019 - 2:35:21 PM

The Bahamas International Securities Exchange (BISX) is pleased to announce that World Oil System Fund Ltd has successfully completed the BISX Mutual Fund Listing Process and has been listed on the Exchange.

As a result, the Fund’s shares have now been added to the roster of funds listed on the Exchange. The fund is an open-ended mutual fund with subscriptions and redemptions carried out by the relevant fund’s Administrator...
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British Legion-Bahamas Branch WW II Veteran Eulogized - Jul 4, 2019 - 10:30:58 PM

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A Royal Bahamas Defence Force bugler and drummer perform the last post and reveille at the funeral service for Comrade Reuben Hamilton,  a member of the British Legion–Bahamas Branch (BLBB) who died on June 16th at the age of 94.

Comrade Reuben Hamilton was eulogized on June 28th at Our Lady’s Catholjic Church, Deveaux and Young Streets. He initially joined the Royal Bahamas Police Force as a Reservist as a young man and later served served as a Military Officer in the Bahamas Battalion during the period 1942 - 1945...
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RBDF Rangers (Eleuthera) Passing out Parade - Jul 2, 2019 - 1:18:57 PM

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A total of 54 students became full-fledged Rangers on the island of Eleuthera after they were recently inducted into the Royal Bahamas Defence Force’s (RBDF) Rangers Program.

Held on the school grounds of the North Eleuthera High School, Lower Bogue, relatives and friends assembled to witness the induction of the young students who successfully completed the training...
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RBDF Engineering Team performs charitable work at Disability School - Jul 2, 2019 - 10:00:34 AM

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Members of the Royal Bahamas Defence Force's Electrical Engineering team completed a community outreach project at the Bahamas Association for the Physically Disabled School on June 28.

The team, led by Chief Petty Officer Marchellow Charlow installed and repaired faulty switches and lights throughout the home. The Engineering team also conducted maintenance checks of other electrical apparatus to ensure the safety of the building...
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Bahamian Fishermen Apprehended for Fisheries Violation - Jul 1, 2019 - 6:00:17 PM

A Bahamian fishing vessel with 29 Bahamians on board was apprehended on Sunday afternoon by the Royal Bahamas Defence Force for fisheries violations.

While on routine patrol, HMBS Rolly Gray, under the command of Senior Lieutenant William Sturrup, apprehended a fishing vessel named, Sweet Dreams, in the Cay Sal Bank area with a large quantity of conch and a compressor on board...
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RBDF Rangers in Summer Camp - Jun 25, 2019 - 9:04:11 AM

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Approximately 80 Rangers cadets from the Royal Bahamas Defence Force Rangers are attending the 4th Annual Rangers Leadership Summer Camp at the R. M. Bailey Senior High School.

The 3-week leadership program is designed to develop character and leadership skills among the high school students currently enrolled in the Rangers program. This year's curriculum will cover three modules. These include: Photo Journalism, Introduction to Foreign Languages, Band Camp and Bread and Pastry Baking...
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RBDF Rangers (Exuma) Passing out Parade - Jun 24, 2019 - 9:00:03 PM

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Saturday 15 June was a  historic day on the island of Exuma, as 38 students for the very first time were inducted into the Royal Bahamas Defence Force’s (RBDF) Rangers Program, following a Passing Out Parade ceremony.

The students represented 3 Secondary schools on the island, namely; the L. N. Coakley High School, St. Andrew’s Anglican School and Exuma Christian School. This latest addition in Exuma brings the total to 24 schools in New Providence and 25 schools in the Family Islands.
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Haitian Migrants Apprehended - Jun 21, 2019 - 11:50:54 AM

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A joint operation by the Royal Bahamas Defence Force and Operation Bahamas Turks and Caicos with the support of Bahamas Immigration Department resulted in the apprehension of a Haitian sailing vessel with 100 undocumented Haitian nationals on board approximately 30 nautical miles northwest of Inagua around 2:20 p.m. Thursday afternoon.

The OPBAT helicopter spotted the vessel and the Defence Force interceptor stationed in Inagua subsequently apprehended it...
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Defence Force Personnel Complete Business Development Progam at BAIC - Jun 17, 2019 - 10:26:55 AM

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Nineteen Warrant Officers, and Non-commissioned Officers from the Royal Bahamas Defence Force are better equipped for future careers after successfully completing a one-week Transitional Entrepreneurial Training Workshop program.

Held at the Bahamas Agricultural & Industrial Corporation (BAIC) Training Center, the Senior Enlisted participated in the program designed to assist them with transitioning back into main stream society when they complete their final tour of duty. All having served over 25 years...
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RBDF assists in Joint Operation - Jun 13, 2019 - 8:03:03 AM

A joint combined operation  between Operation Bahamas Turks and Caicos (OPBAT) HELO, a United States Coast Guard (USCG) Cutter, a USCG aircraft, and two Royal Bahamas Defence Force patrol craft resulted in the arrest of of a motorized wooden vessel that was smuggling undocumented migrants in waters southwest of The Bahamas during the afternoon of Wednesday 12 June 2019.

Information about the suspicious vessel was initially received by the Defence Force Operations Command Center from the United States Coast Guard earlier during the day...
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RBDF Rangers (Abaco) Passing out Parade - Jun 12, 2019 - 2:40:32 PM

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The Royal Bahamas Defence Force’s (RBDF) Rangers Program on the island of Abaco was recently strengthened with the addition of 21 students during a recent Passing out Parade ceremony.

The Passing Out Parade ceremony took place at the government complex, Marsh Harbour. Attending the ceremony was Miss Maxine Duncombe, Island Senior Administrator. Also in attendance were the Rangers Senior Supervisor, Petty Officer David Turner...
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Be A Hero Campaign Issues Last Call for Entries - Jun 12, 2019 - 9:32:16 AM

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Ministry of Environment officials today issued a last call for entries from schools for its popular touring campaign #BeAHero, taking colourful capes and a strong message to students that clean communities are everyone’s business and no one is too young to get in the game.

“We’ve seen amazing enthusiasm at every school we’ve visited. From the youngest child who just learning  how to read to students who are raising and selling chickens and eggs, from schools in the most challenged areas to those in gated communities...
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Royal Bahamas Defence Force Military Ball - Jun 5, 2019 - 11:26:41 AM

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The Royal Bahamas Defence Force hosted its Annual Military Ball at the Imperial Ball Room in the Atlantis Hotel on Saturday 1st June 2019. The event was held under the patronage of Her Excellency The Most Honourable Dame Marguerite Pindling, Governor-General of The Commonwealth of The Bahamas and under the theme: “Celebrating the Past, Securing Our Future.”

In attendance were the Most Honourable Marguerite Pindling; the Minister of National Security the Honourable Marvin Dames; the Minister of Foreign Affairs, the Honourable Darren Henfield...
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Joint Combined Exercise Training Graduation - Jun 4, 2019 - 3:38:50 PM

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Several government agencies were applauded for their efforts during the closing ceremony of a Joint Combined Exercise Training exercise at the Defence Force Base on May 24th.

The Royal Bahamas Defence Force along with members of the Police Force, Customs Officials and United States counterparts conducted a one-week training exercise dubbed “OPERATION MARLIN SHIELD” from May 17th – 24th...
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Nyah Bandelier named Miss World Bahamas - May 27, 2019 - 1:21:53 AM

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Eighteen year-old Nyah Bandelier has been named Miss World Bahamas. The honour was bestowed upon the young Bahamian beauty who represented the island of Eleuthera on Sunday, May 26 at Atlantis on Paradise Island.

When asked about a  proud moment in your life, Nyah says, "Aside from graduating high school, my proudest moment would be overcoming bullying which made me more confident and how I grew stronger from that experience..."
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RBDF Rangers (Grand Bahama) Passing out Parade - May 19, 2019 - 9:30:25 PM

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Enthusiastic parents and loved ones showed their appreciation with loud applause for 71 students who graduated from the Royal Bahamas Defence Force’s (RBDF) Rangers recruit training program in Grand Bahama on Saturday past.

The Passing Out Parade ceremony took place at the St. Georges High School gymnasium in Freeport. Attending the ceremony were Mr. Earle Neely, representing the Island’s Local Government and Ms. Tammy Mitchell, representing the National  Emergency Management Agency...
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Her Excellency rides Aboard RBDF Craft - Apr 26, 2019 - 4:38:21 PM

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Senior Lieutenant Samantha Hart, the commanding officer, and the the crewmembers of Her Majesty's Bahamian Ship MADEIRA, hosted Her Excellency the Most Honourable Dame Marguerite Pindling aboard the 100-foot patrol craft on Wednesday 24 April in Elizabeth Harbour.

The Governor General was transported from the Marina at Emerald Bay, Great Exuma to the site of the 66th Annual National Family Island Regatta in Georgetown, Exuma to view the Governor General's Challenge Cup Race held in her honour...
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Coastal Radar Commissioning - Apr 22, 2019 - 8:57:01 PM

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The Bahamas Government acknowledged what it anticipates will be a significant boost for the Royal Bahamas Defence Force and the country in the fight against illicit activities with the handover of a long range coastal radar to The Bahamas by the United States Government.

The radar was installed at the Royal Bahamas Defence Force Base in Inagua. The significant milestone was marked by an official handover ceremony hosted by the Defence Force and attended by senior Government officials from The Bahamas and the United States. Included among officials from The Bahamas were the Most Honourable Dr. Hubert Minnis...
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Defence Force continues search for missing man - Apr 20, 2019 - 11:00:10 AM

The Royal Bahamas Defence Force is continuing its search for Mr. James Green, a boater who went missing after leaving Sandy Point, Abaco on April 16, 2019.

Mr. Green, a resident of Sandy Point, was last seen on a 17-foot open hull boat.  An initial search was launched by members of the Royal Bahamas Defence Force, Police, Bahamas Air Sea Search and Rescue Association (BASRA), the United States Coast Guard and local fishermen...
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