||Last Updated: Mar 21, 2019 - 12:39:47 PM
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...
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.
Bahamas has long warned that the terrible reputation of this department
would come to haunt the country...
RBDF Salutes Women on International Women’s Day 2019
- Mar 7, 2019 - 8:13:19 PM
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)...
Public Notice: Royal Bahamas Defence Force Recruitment Exercise
- Mar 4, 2019 - 9:50:30 PM
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)
-Information Technology and Information Management Specialist
- Construction technology (carpentry, plumbing, masonry, roofing, drywall)...
Fishermen to be Charged Before Courts
- Mar 3, 2019 - 9:44:00 PM
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.
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...
RBDF Apprehends Fishermen in Protected Area
- Mar 1, 2019 - 7:24:09 PM
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...
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
These victims were ignored, given the
run-around and told that according to “the law”, the Police Disciplinary
Tribunal could not hear their matter..."
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.
years, Rights Bahamas and other activists have received numerous claims
of bribery, extortion and blackmail at all levels of the Immigration
RBDF Extends Condolences to the family of Senior Commander (Retired) Amos Rolle
- Feb 25, 2019 - 11:50:37 PM
The Royal Bahamas Defence Force is saddened by the loss of Senior Commander Amos Rolle, who passed away on February 25, 2019.
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...
Seven Bahamians selected for prestigious Caribbean-Canadian Emerging Leaders’ Dialogue (CCElD)
- Feb 22, 2019 - 10:44:36 AM
Seven Bahamians have been selected to participate in the next staging of
the prestigious Caribbean-Canada Emerging Leaders’ Dialogues (CCELD),
making it the largest contingent at the event.
The program, which is
held annually in the Caribbean region, is offered by the Duke of
Edinburgh’s Emerging Leaders’ Dialogues Canada and organized under the
patronage of HRH, the Princess Royal, Princess Anne...
To Sir With Love: Happy Birthday, Sir Sidney!
- Feb 20, 2019 - 11:00:17 PM
With the air of a salute befitting royalty, members of the Royal Bahamas
Defence Force are paying special tribute to Sir Sidney Poitier in
recognition of his ninety-second birthday on Wednesday 20 February 2019
with a unique video collaboration that was released earlier tonight via
mainstream and social media https://www.facebook.com/RBDFMIL/ ; @RBDFPR
Through this production of love, members of the Defence
Force--The Bahamas' military service--salute the life and living legacy
of a great Bahamian-American, celebrated actor, film director, author
RBDF strategy for addressing human smuggling in The Bahamas
- Feb 19, 2019 - 1:25:32 PM
The maritime borders of The Bahamas are challenged by illicit
activities that often occur at the same time within different
geographical locations around The Bahamas (Photo 1 - Illicit Maritime
Activities). To effectively respond to multiple threats including drug,
human and weapons smuggling, as well as poaching and natural disasters,
the Royal Bahamas Defence Force has been steadily unfolding a
comprehensive program to decentralize its operations using a
multi-layered security approach within a collaborative framework
throughout our family of islands...
Rights Bahamas:Immigration Department admits to kidnapping
- Feb 18, 2019 - 8:57:56 PM
Despite their protests to the contrary, The Bahamas Department of
immigration has, in a release today, effectively admitted to kidnapping a
man in Palmetto Point, Eleuthera.
Their excuse for stuffing this
individual into the trunk of a vehicle against his will is woefully
inept and holds no water...
RBDF Addresses Social Media Rumors
- Feb 18, 2019 - 8:51:35 PM
The Royal Bahamas Defence Force wishes to advise the general public
that a video circulating on social media with an RBDF patrol craft
stopping a Haitian sloop is not a current video. That particular video
showing numerous Haitian nationals being transferred to the RBDF patrol
craft P-129 occurred a few years ago.
There have also been
reports of 3 Haitian sloops sighted off Great Inagua during the past few
days. These vessels were in fact registered Haitian cargo vessels with
appropriate documentation to engage in trade between Haiti and Inagua...
Rights Bahamas: Government applauded for halting deportations to Haiti
- Feb 18, 2019 - 7:07:08 PM
Rights Bahamas applauds the Bahamas Government for temporarily halting
the deportation of individuals to Haiti. In light of the unrest and
violence happening in in that country, the safety of those in our
custody must always come first. Closing the Bahamas Embassy and
recalling our diplomats and staff was likewise the right thing to do...
RBDF Apprehends Undocumented Migrants in Exuma Chains
- Feb 17, 2019 - 4:30:16 PM
The Royal Bahamas Defence Force apprehended a Haitian smuggling vessel
west of Compass Cay in the central Exuma chain around 12:45 today. The
apprehension was the culmination of an interdiction effort coordinated
by the Defence Force involving the Royal Bahamas Police Force, OPBAT,
the US Coast Guard, and concerned citizens over several days.
interdiction operation was initiated after the Defence Force received
information concerning the whereabouts of a migrant smuggling vessel in
the southern Bahamas...
Rights Bahamas: Immigration kidnapping in Eleuthera, Bahamas
- Feb 17, 2019 - 3:39:34 PM
I and my colleagues were extremely disturbed by a video circulating on
social media of what looked to be the kidnapping of a man in broad
daylight by uniformed officers.
The officers, who appeared to be
wearing Bahamas Immigration Department uniforms, are seen forcing a man
towards an SUV. Another officer, standing at the back of the vehicle,
then pushes the victim in the trunk before closing it...
RBDF Marines Graduate from Close Range Combative System Training
- Feb 10, 2019 - 10:50:11 PM
Twelve (12) marines from the Royal Bahamas Defence Force’s (RBDF)
Military Police and Force Protection (MPFP) Department recently
completed a three-week Close Range Combative Systems (CRCS) training
course at the Coral Harbour Base.
The rigorous program was in
keeping with the Commander Defence Force's intent to transform members
of the RBDF into a professional body of leaders, who set the standard of
excellence in guarding our heritage...
First Female Warrant Officer Retires
- Feb 10, 2019 - 6:02:42 PM
The Royal Bahamas Defence Force said farewell to Force Chief Petty
Officer (FCPO) Idamae Ferguson after 33 years of committed service. FCPO
Ferguson was the first female in the Defence Force to attain the rate
of Warrant Officer after being promoted in 2017; a Warrant Officer is
the highest rate within the enlisted corps.
FCPO Ferguson gave
her final farewell on Parade immediately following Morning Colours (a
military flag raising ceremony held every morning at Coral Harbour
Base). She left Parade attendees with wise words of encouragement to
carry on throughout their careers...
RBDF: Another Body retrieved from Waters
- Feb 6, 2019 - 7:30:09 PM
Another body was retrieved from the waters in Abaco today as joint
efforts continue after a boat with Haitian nationals aboard ran aground
on Saturday past.
The body was located near
Man O’ War Cay on Wednesday afternoon by local boaters who are assisting
in the search and recovery efforts.
additional discovery now brings the count to 30, the number of Haitian
nationals who have perished when a 40-foot conventional sailing yacht
ran aground. ..