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Abaco Deployment Marine of Quarter - Nov 17, 2019 - 5:39:58 PM

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The Royal Bahamas Defence Force congratulates Marine Seaman Shaquan Porter on being chosen Marine of the Month of October for the RBDF Deployment Team on the island of Abaco.

This recognition is given to an individual who has displayed an exemplary work ethic while on deployment during the hurricane relief efforts on that island. Throughout the course of his deployment, Marine Seaman Porter has risen to meet the challenging and diverse demands placed on Defence Force Personnel...
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Dominican Poachers Apprehended in Joint Operation - Nov 14, 2019 - 5:40:40 PM

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The Royal Bahamas Defence Force vessel HMBS CASCARILLA, under the command of Senior Lieutenant Samantha Hart arrived at Coral Harbour Base Thursday November 14, 2019 12:30 pm.

The 76-ft. Dominican vessel was caught in the Cochinos Banks on Wednesday 13 November at 12:24 am as a result of a joint effort by the Royal Bahamas Defence Force and the US Coast Guard...
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Haitian Migrants Apprehended - Nov 13, 2019 - 5:34:20 PM

Shortly after 9:00 pm Tuesday an Operations Turks and Caicos (OPBAT) helo, while on routine patrol detected a number of persons on the south eastern end of Inagua.

On closer inspection, a 30-ft. wooden low profile Haitian migrant vessel with 10 persons onboard was also discovered. Checks along the coastline and nearby bushes uncovered over 80 individuals believed to be Haitian migrants...
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Dominican Poachers apprehended in Joint Operation - Nov 13, 2019 - 1:06:30 PM

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The Royal Bahamas Defence Force vessel HMBS CASCARILLA assisted by US Coast Guard vessel MARGARET NORVELL apprehended a 76-ft Dominican vessel in the Cochinos Banks for poaching on Wednesday 13 November at 12:24 am.

At 12:24 am November 13, seventeen Dominican fishermen along with a large quantity of fishery products were taken into custody and are presently being escorted to the capital...
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Acting Commander Defence Force Encourages Troops - Nov 12, 2019 - 7:15:46 PM

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On August 31st 2019, Advance Support Teams comprised of Royal Bahamas Defence Force personnel were deployed to the islands of Grand Bahama and Abaco to assist local authorities and communities in preparation for the arrival of Hurricane Dorian. In the words of those who experienced the full wrath of the storm, nothing could have prepared any individual for this particular category 5 hurricane.

Prior to Hurricane Dorian landfall, emergency contingency plans were established. In the aftermath of the hurricane, the Officers and Marines have worked tirelessly to assist local residents...
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Defence Force joins in Remembrance Day Celebrations 2019 - Nov 11, 2019 - 9:45:20 PM

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Acting Commander Defence Force, Captain Raymond King 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.

This year’s ceremony, which was held on Sunday November 10th, 2109, also marked the culmination of many activities that members of the British Legion-Bahamas Branch (BLBB) showcased this year in commemoration of the ending of World War II, which took place in June of 1944...
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RBDF Apprehends Haitian Migrants - Nov 10, 2019 - 7:50:49 PM

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A total of 58 undocumented Haitian migrants arrived at the Defence Force base shortly after 2:30 pm on Saturday after they were apprehended on Friday November 8th.

The migrants (52 males, 6 females) were caught near Deadman's Cay, Long Island aboard a 40-ft sloop during a joint effort by members of Royal Bahamas Defence and Police Forces and local fishermen
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RBDF Medics Conduct First Aid Workshop - Nov 10, 2019 - 6:42:37 PM

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Eight personnel from the Pilot Bus Unification Project are better equipped to render medical assistance to those in need after recently completing the American Heart Association First Aid and CPR Training by members of the Royal Bahamas Defence Force’s Medical Center Instructors.

Led by Petty Officer Terrance Arnette and Leading Woman Marine Tiffany Forbes, the course was conducted at the former Road Traffic Department, West Bay Street on Thursday November 7th 2019. It was designed to help participants preserve life until the patient receives higher medical attention...
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RBDF Apprehends Haitian Migrants - Nov 8, 2019 - 9:55:59 PM

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A total of 60 undocumented Haitian migrants are on the way to the capital after they were apprehended aboard a 40-ft. Haitian sailing sloop off Long Island earlier today during a joint effort by members of Royal Bahamas Defence Force and Police Force and local fishermen.

After receiving information of the sighting of a Haitian vessel, HMBS CASCARILLA under the command of Senior Lieutenant Samantha Hart was dispatched to the area to investigate...
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Defence Force participates in Wreath Laying Ceremonies - Nov 7, 2019 - 12:00:22 PM

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The Royal Bahamas Defence Force partnered with the British Legion-Bahamas Branch (BLBB) on Friday November 1st for a Pre-Remembrance Day Military Wreath Laying Ceremony at Rawson Square in commemoration of the ending of world war II, which took place in June of 1944.

Also on Saturday November 2, 2019, the Honourable Mark Humes, Member of Parliament of Fort Charlotte along with the Acting Commander Defence Force, Captain Raymond King, officers and marines participated in wreath-laying ceremonies at the Veterans War Cemetery, Infant View Road...
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RBDF responds to Sightings of Poachers - Nov 4, 2019 - 7:00:23 PM

The Royal Bahamas Defence Force is investigating information concerning the sighting of foreign vessels suspected of poaching in the southern Bahamas during the past several days.

The Acting Commander Defence Force, Captain Raymond King, expressed appreciation on behalf of the Defence Force and himself for the information received from concerned residents. He also encouraged persons with information of suspicious activities to call the Defence Force hotline at 242-376-6219...
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Official Poppy Season Launched - Nov 3, 2019 - 10:20:26 AM

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The official launch of the poppy season was held on October 31st at Government House by members of the British Legion-Bahamas Branch (BLBB) and the Royal Bahamas Defence Force.

The Governor General of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas, His Excellency, The Most Honorable Cornelius A. Smith was the recipient of the first official poppy from a member of the Boys Brigade. Also in attendance were Captain Philip Clarke, Principle Officer, Strategy, Policy and Planning in the office of the Commander Defence Force and Captin Fernley Palmer, Captain of the 14th Bahamas Boys Brigade Company...
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Rights Bahamas: Gov’t continues to squander international good will - Oct 23, 2019 - 4:07:48 PM

It has come to the attention of Rights Bahamas that the Immigration Department has been shamelessly abusing the outpouring of goodwill from the international community by squeezing hurricane relief volunteers for $300 a head and forcing them to apply for temporary work permits...
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New Deputy Commander Defence Force Appointment - Oct 20, 2019 - 5:00:42 PM

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The Royal Bahamas Defence Force announces the appointment of a new Deputy Commander Defence Force.  Only the third person to hold this position, Captain Raymond King’s appointment took effect from 7th October 2019.

Captain King has been a stalwart member of the Force since his enlistment in January 1987.  He served onboard HMBS Exuma and David Tucker initially, before accepting an appointment as Midshipman, making the transition from Marine to Naval Officer in November 1989.  He completed his Naval Officer training at the Britannia Royal Naval College, Dartmouth, England graduating with a First-Class Pass; and subsequently receiving his commission in 1992.

His more than three decades of service has allowed him to garner extensive organizational leadership and managerial skills inclusive of education...
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Lieutenant Commander Berne Wright Appointed Port Controller (Acting) - Oct 20, 2019 - 1:00:39 PM

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Lieutenant Commander Berne Wright serves as Port Controller (Acting). He is responsible for all government operated port facilities within the Commonwealth of the Bahamas. As Port Controller, he oversees the inspection and licensing of all commercial vessels less than 500 gross tons, commercial recreational watercrafts, pleasure yachts and private boats. He is the Admiralty Marshall and is responsible for aids to navigation. Additionally, his responsibilities include the regulation of all maritime matters in The Bahamas...
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RBDF Assists Occupants of Downed Air Plane - Oct 19, 2019 - 8:10:45 AM

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The Royal Bahamas Defence Force received a call earlier this afternoon from Air Traffic Control advising of a DC3 plane that had crashed in the area of Old Fort Point, in New Providence.  Vessels from the Coral Harbour Base as well as the Harbour Patrol Unit were immediately dispatched to investigate.  Patrol craft P-126 Coxswained by Petty Officer Everette Rolle found two life-jacket clad males, both Florida residents, in the vicinity of the crash, floating...
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Police and Defence Forces Conduct Joint Operation in Abaco - Oct 12, 2019 - 6:50:09 PM

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An ongoing joint operation by the Royal Bahamas Police and Defence Forces is being  conducted on the island of  Abaco.

The Commissioner of Police, Mr. Anthony Ferguson, and the Commander Defence Force, Commodore Tellis Bethel, were on scene with their executive team members to assess the progress of the operation which focused on Central and North Abaco over the past several days...
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BISX Lists Winterbotham Funds - Oct 7, 2019 - 2:40:41 PM

The Bahamas International Securities Exchange (BISX) is pleased to announce that three new Investment Funds (one with sub-funds) have successfully completed the BISX Mutual Fund Listing Process and have been listed on the Exchange. These newly listed funds are:

·    Planifolia Trade Finance Fund Ltd.
·    T Wealth Fund Ltd.
·    ADIFO Global Multi-Asset Fund Ltd. – Class A
·    ADIFO Global Multi-Asset Fund Ltd. – Class B...
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Trinidad and Tobago Troops Complete Hurricane Relief Efforts In Grand Bahama - Oct 6, 2019 - 9:17:40 AM

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The 87-member Trinidad and Tobago Defence Force (TTDF), who were deployed to the island of Grand Bahama as part of the Caribbean Community's (CARICOM) contribution to the hurricane relief effort, returned to New Providence on Friday (October 4th).

Led by Major Derron McClean, Task Force Commander for the TTDF, the troops arrived in the capital aboard the Defence Force patrol craft HMBS NASSAU and HMBS ROLLY GRAY under the command  of Commander Chappell Whyms and Senior Lieutenant William Sturrup, respectively...
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Jamaica Chief of Defence Staff Visits Abaco - Oct 3, 2019 - 10:31:32 AM

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Lieutenant General  Rocky Meade, Chief of Defence Staff of the Jamaica Derence Force visited the capital and the island of Abaco on October 1, 2019.

During his visit, Lieutenant General Meade was welcomed to New Providence by the Commander Defence Force, Commodore Tellis Bethel before proceeding to Abaco where he visited members of the Jamaica Defence Force, who were deployed to that Island as part of the Caribbean Community's (CARICOM) contribution to the hurricane relief effort in the northern Bahamas in the aftermath of Hurricane Dorian...
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