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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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Defence Force Conducts Search for Missing Man - Apr 18, 2019 - 8:49:19 AM

An ongoing search for a missing boater is being conducted by members of the Royal Bahamas Defence Force, Police, Bahamas Air Sea Search and Rescue Association (BASRA), a United States Coast Guard helicopter and local fishermen.

After receiving initial reports of a boater who went missing after leaving Sandy Point, Abaco on April 16, RBDF assets were immediately dispatched to the surrounding area...
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Scotiabank using technology to help customers control their money - Apr 11, 2019 - 4:25:56 PM

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Scotiabank announces new enhancements to its Alerts feature to give customers more control of their banking. In addition to Transaction Alerts and Security Alerts, the Bank now offers Credit Card Controls. Credit Card Controls is an innovative feature that gives customers the ability to turn their credit card off or deactivate international or online transactions. A notification can also be sent when a customer reaches their maximum limit... 
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RBDF Apprehends Haitian Migrants - Apr 10, 2019 - 11:30:49 AM

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A total of 40 migrants are being detained after they were apprehended in the southern Bahamas on Tuesday morning by members of the Royal Bahamas Defence Force.

Acting on information received, HMBS Durward Knowles, under the command of Senior Lieutenant Bertram Bowleg, apprehended a 35-ft Haitian sloop off the south coast of Little Inagua Island. A further search of the uninhabited Island and surrounding area led to the apprehension of 34 males and 6 females, who all appeared to be in good health.
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RBDF and Customs Officers complete Joint Combined Exercise Training - Apr 3, 2019 - 11:00:25 AM

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The Royal Bahamas Defence Force Naval-Infantry School recently held a graduation ceremony for the Joint Combined Exercise Training (JCET) program for 19 Bahamas Customs and Excise Officers at the Defence Force Base on Thursday March 28, 2019.

Participants of the two-week training exercise consisted of Officers from the Customs Marine Unit and the Tactical Unit. The training was designed to enhance future joint mission success for both Defence Force and Bahamas Customs members...
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RBDF observes Annual Church Service - Apr 2, 2019 - 12:08:27 PM

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Minister of National Security, the Honourable Marvin Dames commended the Commander Defence Force, Officers and Marines of the Royal Bahamas Defence Force for a "productive year" and for their continued success in protecting the country’s territorial borders during the Force’s Annual Church Service on March 31, 2019.

Also in attendance at the service were the Governor General of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas, Her Excellency The Most Honourable Dame Marguerite Pindling, heads of the Royal Bahamas Police Force (Commissioner Anthony Ferguson)...
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BISX lists 7 Winterbotham Funds - Mar 26, 2019 - 6:20:38 PM

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

•    Patrimondial Fund Ltd.
•    The A Series Fund Ltd., SAC
•    UCAP AA Leverage Fund Ltd. – Class A Shares...
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IDB Changes Location of Annual Meeting - Mar 25, 2019 - 7:50:21 PM

The board of Executive Directors of the Inter-American Development Bank, (IDB) resolved that the Annual Meeting of the Boards of Governors will not be held in Chengdu, People’s Republic of China, from March 28 to 31, 2019.

The Board also resolved that Management will present its recommendations for the location and date of the 2019 Annual Meetings of the IDB within a period of 30 days... 

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Rights Bahamas: Bahamas Police Force out of control - Mar 21, 2019 - 11:30:10 AM

Tuesday's shocking and appalling headline story in The Tribune is further evidence that the Royal Bahamas Police Force is now completely out of control. Brutality at the hands of officers has become so commonplace that the police might as well dispense with their halfhearted excuses for why they had to call an ambulance for a man after several house in their custody. No one believes them...
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Rights Bahamas: Call for urgent intervention at Immigration Dept - Mar 14, 2019 - 11:45:56 AM

The Royal Bahamas Police Force must launch an immediate and thorough investigation into the Bahamas Immigration Department in light of the damning findings in the latest US State Department human rights report.

Rights Bahamas has long warned that the terrible reputation of this department would come to haunt the country...
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RBDF Salutes Women on International Women’s Day 2019 - Mar 7, 2019 - 8:13:19 PM

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Commander Defence Force Commodore Tellis Bethel and his Executive Command Team, Officers, Command Warrant Officer Mr. Oral Wood, Warrant Officers, Non-Commissioned Officers and Marines salute the women of the Royal Bahamas Defence Force and women everywhere on this International Women’s Day 2019. 

(For further information please contact the RBDF Public Relations Department or visit our website: www.rbdf.gov.bs, follow us on Facebook, Twitter and view our Youtube channel)...
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Public Notice: Royal Bahamas Defence Force Recruitment Exercise - Mar 4, 2019 - 9:50:30 PM

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The Royal Bahamas Defence Force is presently accepting applications for its next Recruitment Exercise. Special consideration will be given to candidates with skillsets in the following areas:
    -Marine Technician (mechanical, electrical, electronics, heating ventilation and air-conditioning (HVAC), welding)
    -Culinary Arts
    -Pilots
    -Information Technology and Information Management Specialist
   - Construction technology (carpentry, plumbing, masonry, roofing, drywall)...
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Fishermen to be Charged Before Courts - Mar 3, 2019 - 9:44:00 PM

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The eight persons apprehended by the Royal Bahamas Defence Force (RBDF) after they were found fishing in a Marine Reserve in the northern Bahamas are expected to be charged before the courts on Monday.

The men, 5 Bahamian nationals, 2 Haitian nationals and 1 Cuban were apprehended in the area of Whale Cay in the Berry Islands on Friday past. They were found with a large quantity of conchs and fishery products aboard their 46-foot fishing vessel and 19-foot skiff...
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RBDF Apprehends Fishermen in Protected Area - Mar 1, 2019 - 7:24:09 PM

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Eight persons were apprehended around 10:30 a.m. this morning by the Royal Bahamas Defence Force (RBDF) after they were found  fishing in a Marine Preserve in the northern Bahamas.

Upon receiving reports of illegal fishing activity taken place within a Marine Preserve in the Berry Islands, RBDF Patrol Craft P-126 coxswained by Petty Officer Ronnie Neymour was dispatched to investigate...
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Rights Bahamas: Police torture victims should take legal action - Feb 27, 2019 - 6:37:28 PM

"Rights Bahamas urges the three victims of alleged police torture who have been subjected to a shameful farce in Eleuthera to take legal action immediately.

These victims were ignored, given the run-around and told that according to “the law”, the Police Disciplinary Tribunal could not hear their matter..."
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Rights Bahamas: Immigration corruption claims must be fully investigated - Feb 27, 2019 - 12:13:10 PM

"The Bahamas Immigration Department must be subjected to a full and independent investigation in light of the shocking revelations from an ongoing FBI probe of brazen corruption within its ranks.

Over the years, Rights Bahamas and other activists have received numerous claims of bribery, extortion and blackmail at all levels of the Immigration Department..."
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RBDF Extends Condolences to the family of Senior Commander (Retired) Amos Rolle - Feb 25, 2019 - 11:50:37 PM

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The Royal Bahamas Defence Force is saddened by the loss of Senior Commander Amos Rolle, who passed away on February 25, 2019.

Senior Commander Rolle was the former commanding officer of the ill-fated HMBS Flamingo during the Cuban incident on May 10th, 1980.  Approximately 40 days prior to the incident, he became one of the pioneers of a fledgling Defence Force when he along with 27 individuals were officially transferred from the Royal Bahamas Police Force Marine Division to the newly formed Royal Bahamas Defence Force in March 1980...
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