||Last Updated: Nov 17, 2019 - 10:30:57 PM
Abaco Deployment Marine of Quarter
- Nov 17, 2019 - 5:39:58 PM
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
Dominican Poachers Apprehended in Joint Operation
- Nov 14, 2019 - 5:40:40 PM
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...
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...
Dominican Poachers apprehended in Joint Operation
- Nov 13, 2019 - 1:06:30 PM
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
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...
Acting Commander Defence Force Encourages Troops
- Nov 12, 2019 - 7:15:46 PM
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...
Defence Force joins in Remembrance Day Celebrations 2019
- Nov 11, 2019 - 9:45:20 PM
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
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
RBDF Apprehends Haitian Migrants
- Nov 10, 2019 - 7:50:49 PM
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
RBDF Medics Conduct First Aid Workshop
- Nov 10, 2019 - 6:42:37 PM
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.
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
RBDF Apprehends Haitian Migrants
- Nov 8, 2019 - 9:55:59 PM
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.
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...
Defence Force participates in Wreath Laying Ceremonies
- Nov 7, 2019 - 12:00:22 PM
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
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...
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...
Official Poppy Season Launched
- Nov 3, 2019 - 10:20:26 AM
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...
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...
New Deputy Commander Defence Force Appointment
- Oct 20, 2019 - 5:00:42 PM
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
Lieutenant Commander Berne Wright Appointed Port Controller (Acting)
- Oct 20, 2019 - 1:00:39 PM
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...
RBDF Assists Occupants of Downed Air Plane
- Oct 19, 2019 - 8:10:45 AM
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...
Police and Defence Forces Conduct Joint Operation in Abaco
- Oct 12, 2019 - 6:50:09 PM
An ongoing joint operation by the Royal Bahamas Police and Defence Forces is being conducted on the island of Abaco.
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...
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...
Trinidad and Tobago Troops Complete Hurricane Relief Efforts In Grand Bahama
- Oct 6, 2019 - 9:17:40 AM
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...
Jamaica Chief of Defence Staff Visits Abaco
- Oct 3, 2019 - 10:31:32 AM
Lieutenant General Rocky Meade, Chief of Defence Staff of the Jamaica
Derence Force visited the capital and the island of Abaco on October 1,
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...