||Last Updated: Sep 21, 2020 - 8:03:00 AM
UPDATE: Grounding of HMBS CASCARILLA
- Sep 20, 2020 - 6:01:14 PM
The Royal Bahamas Defence Force is pleased to report that the injuries
received by crewmembers of HMBS CASCARILLA yesterday are non-life
threatening. Four (4) of the five (5) persons airlifted for medical
care yesterday have been discharged. One person has been admitted.
That Marine is expected to make a full recovery, receiving medical care
and remains in stable condition.
The vessel has sustained no
material damage and remains in operational readiness within the theater
of operations. Initial investigations are ongoing and a formal Board of
Inquiry will be convened to determine the circumstances involved...
Grounding of HMBS CASCARILLA
- Sep 19, 2020 - 11:19:38 AM
The Royal Bahamas Defence Force regrets to advise of the grounding of
HMBS CASCARILLA whilst patrolling the Southeastern Bahamas off Ragged
Island last night (September 18).
As a precautionary measure,
two crewmembers were airlifted to the Capital through the assistance of
the United States Coast Guard Helo this morning to receive medical
attention and are both in stable condition...
RBDF apprehends Dominican Poachers
- Sep 17, 2020 - 3:08:29 PM
A total of 83 Dominican fishermen onboard 2 Dominican Fishing Vessels
were apprehended in the south western Bahamas, off Diamond Point, Great
Bahama Bank on Thursday morning by members of the Royal Bahamas Defence
Acting on information received from the US Coast Guard,
Defence Force patrol craft HMBS Lignum Vitae under the command of
Lieutenant James Cox intercepted the Dominican Fishing Vessels “EL SHIP”
and “ANGEL GABRIEL”, which were subsequently boarded and searched...
RBDF calls off Search for Missing Boaters
- Sep 16, 2020 - 7:45:01 PM
The Royal Bahamas Defence Force has called off the search for missing
boaters who went missing during a boating incident last weekend.
William Sturrup, the RBDF’s Search and Rescue Coordinator shared that:
“After some 4 days of canvassing an expansive area of waters around Chub
Cay, and the Berry Islands, and based on wind and tide models, we have
suspended Search and Rescue operations for the 5 persons reported
missing at sea last weekend”...
Minister of National Security leads Community Outreach in Abaco
- Sep 14, 2020 - 11:25:44 AM
The Commodore of the Royal Bahamas Defence Force, Dr. Raymond King;
Commissioner of Police, Paul Rolle; Permanent Secretary of the Ministry
of National Security, Mr. Marco Rolle; other Senior Officers from the
Royal Bahamas Police and Defence Forces, ministerial staff and Island
Administrators joined the Minister of National Security, the Honourable
Marvin Dames in several stakeholders meetings throughout the Northern,
Central and Southern Abaco and surrounding cays during Sunday 13
RBDF assists in Search and Rescue Mission for Missing Boaters off Berry Islands
- Sep 12, 2020 - 4:20:08 PM
An ongoing search and rescue mission is underway for several Haitian and
Jamaican Nationals reportedly missing at sea by members of the Royal
Bahamas Defence Force Search and Rescue Unit and Squadron Departments,
the Royal Bahamas Police Marine Division and the United States Coast
After receiving reports from Nicholls Town Police Station
that a 27-ft vessel was taking on water 9 miles south of Chub Cay in
the Berry Islands, RBDF Patrol Craft P-127 Coxswained by Chief Petty
Officer Onassis Ferguson...
Royal Bahamas Defence and Police Forces visit Abaco Communities
- Sep 3, 2020 - 2:59:08 PM
Members of the Royal Bahamas Defence Force and the Police Force met with
residents of the Abaco communities on Tuesday past in an effort to
reinforce strategies of both agencies a year after the passage of
Led by Lieutenant Commander Andrew Bowe,
Executive Officer for the RBDF Northern Command and Assistant
Commissioner of Police, Mr. Ashton Greenslade, the Officers and Marines
conducted a walk about of the Treasure Cay and Hope Town communities...
RBDF New Entry Training discontinued
- Aug 30, 2020 - 9:38:42 AM
The Royal Bahamas Defence Force acknowledges the quick spread of
Covid-19 among its latest intake of recruits currently undergoing basic
As such, the Defence Force wishes to advise that New
Entry training has been discontinued at this time, to allow the proper
management and treatment of those testing positive for the virus and to
keep non Covid- positive recruits in isolation...
RBDF Northern Command uncovers Illegal Drug Field
- Aug 29, 2020 - 3:47:24 PM
The Royal Bahamas Defence Force’s Roving Land Operations Team operating
from Abaco discovered a marijuana field on that island during their
patrols this weekend.
They alerted Royal Bahamas Police Force
officers on the island which led to the arrest of the resident at that
home this morning in Crossing Rock, South Abaco.
investigation of the property ensued and over 70 marijuana plants were
removed along with four illegal firearms from the property...
RBDF assists passengers off crash landed airplane
- Aug 26, 2020 - 5:39:16 PM
The Royal Bahamas Defence Force’s Abaco Detachment was in full Search
and Rescue mode today as they responded to a call from Civil Aviation
who had reported a crash landing of a single engine plane this morning
on that island.
The pilot lost control shortly after takeoff
enroute to New Providence and was able to safely land in a marshy
terrain, some 5 nautical miles West of Marsh Harbour in about 2 feet of
IDB Bahamas Hosts International Webinar on Post Disaster Reconstruction
- Aug 26, 2020 - 1:59:40 PM
Lessons learned from natural disasters around the world were explored in
relation to The Bahamas’ post hurricane Dorian reconstruction in a
workshop hosted by the Inter-American Development Bank on Monday.
webinar - under the theme ‘Good Practices and Lessons Learned in Post
Disaster Reconstruction’ ...
RBDF salutes Lieutenant Commander (Retired) Gaye Major-Bykowski
- Aug 25, 2020 - 4:20:47 PM
““I always felt an obligation to maintain a level of professionalism and
standard of conduct that would lend to the reassurance that recruiting
females into the RBDF was a prudent and timely one. I believed that I
would have led by good example and I have been a good follower.” - Gaye
Major-Bykowski, Lieutenant Commander (Retired), RBDF
Breaking glass ceilings. She and the 15 women of Woman Entry One were
aware of the unrelenting responsibility their enlistment would entail
from the onset. They submitted to the rigorous evaluation imposed by the
competent authorities, which would determine whether women had any
business seeking employment...
BISX Quarterly Statistical Report - January - June 2020
- Aug 18, 2020 - 3:17:48 PM
BISX is pleased to announce its BISX All-Share Index and trading
statistics for the six-month period ending June 30, 2020 with
comparison to the same period of 2019.
BISX ALL SHARE INDEX
the six-month period ending June 30, 2020 the BISX All-Share Index
closed at 2124.69...
Sports Manager/Protocol Officer/Training Instructor
- Aug 12, 2020 - 11:28:26 AM
If he was being drafted to become a part of a sporting team, Ralph
Francisco McKinney would be the top pick for anyone. Not because he has
always remained athletically gifted, or is highly knowledgeable with the
game of sports, but rather because he is simply a team player.
Force Chief Petty Officer (FCPO) Ralph McKinney joined the Royal
Bahamas Defence Force in August 1980 as a member of Entry 7, the
organization had only been officially established four months earlier.
Force Chief Petty Officer Idamae Ferguson; A Pioneering Female
- Aug 10, 2020 - 11:40:09 AM
Have you ever met someone so calm and quiet that you believe the term,
“It looks like they can’t hurt a fly”, but in an instant they can
transform from Dr. Jekyll to Ms. Hyde if they had to?
experienced that for myself while on parade one morning. As the
Headquarters Department was being marched off into the driveway where
the Commander Defence Force vehicle is usually parked, I made a blunder
when approaching the vehicle, with no way to manoeuver...
RBDF extends condolences for Leading Mechanic L. R. Pratt
- Aug 7, 2020 - 4:06:42 PM
The Royal Bahamas Defence Force extends sincerest condolences to the
family of the late Leading Mechanic (LM) Livingston Ricardo Pratt, who
passed away on 6 August 2020.
Pratt enlisted in the Royal Bahamas Defence Force as a member of New
Entry 39 Woman Entry 11 on the 12 January 2004. After completing
initial training at HMBS Coral Harbour, he was assigned to the
Electrical Section of the Engineering Department where he served for
some eight years, before being transferred to the Harbour Patrol Unit.
He also served onboard the seagoing platforms HMBS’s INAGUA, BAHAMAS,
and DURWARD KNOWLES...
PHA suspends services as Hurricane Isaias approaches
- Jul 31, 2020 - 8:37:29 PM
Nassau, Bahamas - The Public Hospitals Authority (PHA) its agencies
and institutions are taking every precaution to protect patients and
staff as the Hurricane Isaias approaches the central and northwest
Bahamas.The Princess Margaret Hospital (PMH) and the Sandilands
Rehabilitation Centre (SRC) will fully activate their Command Centers as
of Friday, July 31, 2020.
wishes to advise that for the duration of the storm, the Emergency
Department will only be seeing emergency patients. Non-emergency
patients will be seen after the all clear has been given...
Media Response - Recent Groundings
- Jul 17, 2020 - 2:17:20 PM
The Royal Bahamas Defence Force advises of the recent grounding of HMBS
ROLLY GRAY on 13th July 2020. This is the second unfortunate incident
in recent times and a Board of Inquiry has been convened to determine
the events surrounding the incidents.
Further, the Royal Bahamas
Defence Force wishes to reassure the general public that those placed in
command positions are highly trained, Naval Officers who have graduated
from international training academies and colleges with high
RBDF joins country in Independence Celebrations
- Jul 16, 2020 - 9:42:39 AM
As the country celebrated 47 years as an independent nation, the men
and women of the Royal Bahamas Defence and Police forces were out on
Clifford Park in solidarity to help mark the occasion on July 9, 2020.
the world has accepted its new normal amidst the Coronavirus pandemic,
and as such, this auspicious event was celebrated in keeping with the
COVID-19 Emergency Orders. On this night...
RBDF Art Auction gifts Bahamas Association for the Physically Disabled
- Jul 15, 2020 - 8:15:57 PM
Commodore Raymond King and several members of the RBDF’s 40th
Anniversary Committee, made good on their promise on Wednesday morning
to donate part proceeds of their fund raiser to the Bahamas Association
for the Physically Disabled (BAPD).
In a brief
ceremony at the BAPD Headquarters on Dolphin Drive, New Providence,
Commander Defence Force, Commodore Raymond King, along with Deputy
Commander Defence Force, Captain Shonedel Pinder...