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RBDF apprehends foreign nationals - Mar 30, 2020 - 9:15:06 AM

Members of the Royal Bahamas Defence Force brought 10 foreign fishermen into the Defence Force Base Sunday evening after their vessel was apprehended in the Ragged Island chain on Friday.

While on routine Patrol, HMBS CASCARILLA, under the command of Sub Lieutenant Owen Sands boarded a Bahamian registered vessel off Water Cay, in the vicinity of a ragged Island Chain. Aboard were 7 Dominican nationals, 1 Cuban, 1 Honduran and a Bahamian National...
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RBDF Cocktail Reception and Silent Art Auction - Mar 16, 2020 - 11:06:25 PM

An historical milestone in the history of the Royal Bahamas Defence Force was observed as for the first time, the Officers and Marines participated in a Cocktail Reception and Silent Art Auction on Friday past at the Defence Force’s Coral Harbour Base.

As the force celebrates 40 years under the theme “Beyond the Horizon, into the Future,” a large crowd was in attendance to view an array of over 30 arts and paintings...
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Defence Force participates in Police Sporting Events in Grand Bahama - Mar 10, 2020 - 12:14:13 PM

Royal Bahamas Defence Force Officers and Marines attached to the Northern Command recently supported the Police Force by participating in a several sporting events over the past weekend

Led by Lieutenant Commander Whitfield Neely, Commander, Northern Command, the men and women took part in a basketball tournament at St. Georges’ High School Gymnasium, Freeport, Grand Bahama...
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RBDF females observe International Women’s Day - Mar 10, 2020 - 11:50:57 AM

The women of the Royal Bahamas Defence Force joined the Bahamas and the world in celebration of the International Women’s Day under the theme: “I am Generation Equality: Realizing Women's Rights” by attending a church service on Sunday March 8th.

Led by Lieutenant Commander Natasha Miller, Assistant Military and Force Protection Unit Officer, approximately 100 Officers and Marines worshipped at Evangelistic Temple Assemblies of God, Collins Avenue...
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RBDF recognizes contributions of corporate partners - Mar 9, 2020 - 6:32:38 PM

Corporate partners and government officials were recently recognized by members of the Royal Bahamas Defence Force’s Southern Command for their continuous support and services to the organization’s operations.

Presenting the awards on behalf of Acting Commander Defence Force, Captain Raymond King was Lieutenant Dominique Rigby, Officer in Charge of Southern Command. The appreciation awards luncheon was held at Shenah’s Restaurant, Matthew Town, Inagua... 
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Royal Bahamas Defence Force enlightened on the COVID-19 - Mar 8, 2020 - 12:28:46 PM

Members of the Royal Bahamas Defence Force are better equipped to deal with the probability of a local COVID-19 outbreak, after a series of preparatory and training seminars were hosted at the Coral Harbour Base this past week. 

Led by Doctor Derwin Johnson, the force’s Medical physician, participants were updated on the effects of the virus throughout the region and the world. They were also enlightened on the signs and symptoms of the disease, which continues to make a threatening journey across the world...
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Royal Bahamas Defence Force Officers complete Naval Officer Training in England - Mar 3, 2020 - 10:45:20 AM

Midshipmen Elcheano Edgecombe and Kenvardo Gibson of the Royal Bahamas Defence Force are the newest addition to the Officer’s Corps after successfully completing Naval Officer Training in England. The rigorous seven-month training course, which is designed to prepare naval/military cadets for the important leadership and management positions they will assume throughout their careers in the Defence Force, was conducted May 19th, 2019 – December 20th, 2019 at Britannia Royal Naval College (BRNC) in Dartmouth, England...
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BISX lists BB Global Fund Ltd. - Feb 25, 2020 - 1:42:19 PM

The Bahamas International Securities Exchange (BISX) is pleased to announce that BB Global Fund Ltd. (the “Fund”) has successfully completed the BISX Mutual Fund Listing Process and has been listed on the Exchange.

BB Global Fund Ltd. has now been added to the roster of funds listed on the Exchange...
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USCG Officer pays Courtesy Call on Acting Commander Defence Force - Feb 16, 2020 - 7:35:14 PM

Captain Joseph McGilley, Commanding Officer United States Coast Guard Air Station Clearwater, Florida paid a courtesy call on Acting Commander Defence Force, Captain Raymond King at the Royal Bahamas Defence Force Headquarters on February 11th, 2020.

During the visit, Captain McGilley and Captain King discussed matters of mutual interests. Also in attendance were Lieutenant Commander Justin Matejka, US Coast Guard Liaison Officer with the Department of Homeland Security Attaché...
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RBDF Marines Given Recognition Awards - Feb 9, 2020 - 8:54:21 PM

Marines attached to the Royal Bahamas Defence Force’s Administration Department were recognized for their commitmment and invaluable services over the past year, on Friday February 7, 2020.

Receiving awards were: Leading Hands Osbourne Stuart, Darrin Young, Monique Deveaux ,  Claudine Percentie-Carey, Sandra King, Tamissa Finlayson, Able Hands Davin Johnson, Marcus Haven, Ryan Ferguson and Antoine Cash...
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St. Augustine’s University President makes call on Acting Commander Defence Force - Feb 9, 2020 - 5:20:37 PM

Dr. Gaddis Faulcon, President of St. Augustine's University paid a courtesy call on Acting Commander Defence Force, Captain Raymond King on February 7, 2020 at the Defence Force Base.

Dr. Faulcon was accompanied by Mrs. Bernadette Smith, Local Alumni President of the school. During their visit, they were also introduced to the RBDF’s Executive Command, following which, both parties discussed matters of interest interest.
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RBDF Unveils Plans for 40th Anniversary during Media Meet & Greet - Feb 5, 2020 - 6:15:04 PM

The Royal Bahamas Defence Force unveil events in observance of the organization’s 40th anniversary celebrations during a Media Meet & Greet on February 4th at the Coral Harbour Base.

Also in attendance were the Acting Commander Defence Force, Captain Raymond King along with his Command Team and Heads of Departments...
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BISX Quarterly Statistical Report - Jan 28, 2020 - 7:07:00 PM

BISX is pleased to announce its BISX All-Share Index and trading statistics for the twelve-month period ending December 31, 2019 with comparison to the same period of 2018.


For the twelve-month period ending December 31, 2019 the BISX All-Share Index closed at 2,231.60. This represents a year to date increase of 122.19 or 5.79%...
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RBDF discovers another body on Cay - Jan 28, 2020 - 12:40:58 PM

Another body believed to be of a Haitian national that was part of a vessel that reportedly capsized a week ago was brought into the capital early Tuesday morning by the Royal Bahamas Defence Force.

At 5:30 am, HMBS MADEIRA brought the badly decomposed body of a male into the Defence Force Base and handed it over to the coroner’s office for processing. It was retrieved off Double Breasted cay by RBDF Military divers. Also, a shipwrecked vessel was also found on the northern tip of the cay.
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RBDF: Bodies brought into the capital - Jan 26, 2020 - 9:39:41 PM

The Royal Bahamas Defence Force is continuing its search in the Ragged Island chain after 3 male bodies believed to be Haitian nationals that were part of a vessel that reportedly capsized several days ago were brought into the capital Sunday morning.

Around 8:45am, HMBS Maderia under the command of Lieutenant Alexis Brown along with the Police Crime Scene Investigators brought the bodies into the Defence Force Base. The bodies which wre badly decomposed were handed over to the coroner’s office for processing.
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RBDF Participates in Marathon Bahamas 2020 (Sunshine Insurance) - Jan 26, 2020 - 3:37:06 PM

Kudos go out to the Officers and Marines of the Royal Bahamas Defence Force (RBDF) for a great showing at The 11th Annual Sunshine Insurance Marathon Bahamas (Race Weekend) race on Sunday January 19th, 2020.

The RBDF had a total of 2 relay teams and 3 individual half-marathon runners in the competition. The RBDF Road Runners 1 Team consisting of Able Seamen Gharvis Sturrup and Michael Gibson and Marine Seamen Wellington Ramsey and Marvin Minns finished with an overall time of three hours, twenty-eight minutes and eighteen seconds (3:28:18)...
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British High Commissioner pays Courtesy Call on Acting Commander Defence Force - Jan 26, 2020 - 1:16:56 AM

Mrs. Sarah Dickson, High Commissioner to the Commonwealth of The Bahamas recently paid a courtesy call on Acting Commander Defence Force, Captain Raymond King at the Defence Force Base.

During her visit, Mrs. Dickinson and Captain King discussed matters of mutual interests, following which, both parties exchanged pleasantries.

Appointed as the British High Commissioner to The Bahamas in 2019, Mrs. Dickson has served in many noteworthy capacities over the span of her career...
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RBDF Investigates discovery of bodies in Ragged Island Chain - Jan 25, 2020 - 11:30:11 PM

Members of the Royal Bahamas Defence Force along with members of the Royal Bahamas Police Force CDU are in the Ragged Island Chain investigating the discovery of three bodies washed ashore; 2 on Double Breasted Cay on Friday and another on a nearby cay.

This comes after a group of 31 migrants were discovered between Maycock Cay and Double Breast Cay after their vessel reportedly capsized and were subsequently rescued by HMBS L. L.Smith, arriving in the capital on 21 January...
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Royal Bahamas Defence Force pledges to remain vigilant: Looks forward to drone acquisition - Jan 21, 2020 - 9:57:07 PM

The leadership of the Royal Bahamas Defence Force is anticipating that 2020 will be a year well suited for improving its enforcement footprint and capitalizing on remaining vigilant as the primary agency tasked with border protection in the Commonwealth of The Bahamas.  The Force's Command Team has been welcoming fresh perspectives and initiatives, particularly technology to respond to the changing climate of maritime business and crimes.  The RBDF is poised to employ a number of new initiatives and strategies geared at increasing  detection levels and deterring would be organized criminals from wreaking havoc within its expansive maritime borders. 
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RBDF Apprehends Haitian Migrants - Jan 20, 2020 - 12:50:15 PM

A total of 31 Haitian migrants have been apprehended in the Ragged Island chain by members of the Royal Bahamas Defence early this morning. 

Acting on information received, HMBS L. L. Smith under the command of Senior Lieutenant Shawn Adderley commenced investigations confirming suspected migrant sightings on an uninhabited cay, north of Ragged Island.   A search of the cay uncovered just over 30 migrants, who all appeared to be in fair health...
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