||Last Updated: Jan 15, 2020 - 10:16:11 AM
Canadian Defence Attaché pays Courtesy Call
- Jan 14, 2020 - 6:40:40 PM
Colonel Jacques O'Keefe, Canadian Defence Attaché West Indies of the
Royal Bahamas Defence Force paid a courtesy call on Acting Commander
Defence Force, Captain Raymond King at the Royal Bahamas Defence Force
Headquarters on January 13, 2020.
During the visit, Colonel
O’Keefe and Captain King discussed matters of mutual interests and he
was also given a brief tour of the base. Also in attendance at the
meeting were several members of the Defence Force’s Command Team. To
culminate the visit, both parties exchanged pleasantries...
Benefits of The Bahamas Unmanned Aerial System
- Dec 31, 2019 - 9:35:44 PM
The Royal Bahamas Defence Force
looks forward with great anticipation to the addition of drones to
their workforce. The contract signing for The Bahamas Unmanned Aerial
System (BUAS) occurred on Monday December 16, 2019 and signified a
positive step in the fight against illicit activities.
expected that these drones will be cost effective, increase the
technological capacity of Defence Force personnel...
RBDF continues search for overdue Vessel
- Dec 31, 2019 - 9:30:01 AM
The Royal Bahamas Defence Force (RBDF) continues its search for an
overdue vessel with 2 individuals onboard that was reported missing
several days ago.
The 25-ft open hull vessel departed Lowe Sound,
Andros with the 2 occupants at about 8:00 am and was due to return
later that afternoon. A joint effort by members of the RBDF, Police,
BASRA and with US Coast Guard aerial support were immediately
dispatched to begin a search for the vessel...
RBDF Officer completes Boarding Officer Course
- Dec 30, 2019 - 4:50:50 PM
Acting Sub Lieutenant Jamal Taylor of the Royal Bahamas Defence Force
recently returned home after successfully completing a six-week Boarding
Officer’s Course at the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center (FLETC)
in Charleston, South Carolina. The International Military Education
Training (IMET) sponsored course was designed to prepare junior
commissioned officers for the arduous duties associated with enforcing
United States laws and regulations and treaties at sea.
Hosted by United Stated Coast Guard (USCG) personnel, the course was
conducted at the Coast Guard’s Maritime Law Enforcement Academy from 23
October – 5 December 2019. Some of the topics covered included
authority and jurisdiction, international law, weapons law and
identification, drug identification, boarding of vessels, port waterways
and coastal security missions...
Prime Minister spends Christmas with the troops
- Dec 26, 2019 - 10:12:02 PM
Prime Minister the Right Honorable Hubert Minnis visited the Royal
Bahamas Defence Force and Police troops to spend the Christmas Day
holiday with them at the RBDF Base in Abaco.
Prime Minister were the Honorable Darren Henfield, MP for North Abaco,
Captain Raymond King, Acting Commander Defence Force and Mrs. Patricia
Minnis. After inspecting the troops, the Prime Minister assisted in
serving Christmas meals to the men and women...
RBDF Marines of the Year honored for 2019
- Dec 23, 2019 - 9:50:46 AM
Leading Seaman Pherron Rolle of the Royal Bahamas Defence Force walked
away with the Leon L. Smith Award as the overall Marine of the Year at
the force’s Annual Christmas Carol and Awards Ceremony held on Friday
December 20, 2019 at HMBS Coral Harbour. The 15-year-veteran who is a
member of the RBDF Band, received the coveted award in honor of the
first Bahamian Commodore who headed the Defence Force from 1983 – 1997.
Seaman Roscoe Greene from the Military Police and Force Protection
Unit, Able Seaman James Carey from the Training Department and Marine
Seaman Deangelo Greene...
Migrants apprehended in joint effort
- Dec 21, 2019 - 12:41:13 PM
The southern borders of The Bahamas continue to be an area of concern
for the Royal Bahamas Defence Force as it has stepped up its enforcement
initiatives in that area. As a result of this, and shared intelligence,
a total of 185 Haitian migrants were apprehended very late Friday
evening during a joint operation by the Royal Bahamas Defence Force,
Operations Bahamas Turks and Caicos (OPBAT - a tripartite agreement
between the US, Turks & Caicos and Bahamas) and Turks and Caicos
Drone Signing Contract
- Dec 17, 2019 - 7:15:21 PM
The fight against illicit activities received a boost with the official
contract signing for The Bahamas Unmanned Aerial System (BUAS) at the
Royal Bahamas Defence Force Coral Harbour Base on Monday December 16,
The Permanent Secretary in the Minister of National
Security, Mr. Eugene Poitier and President and CEO of Swift Tactical
Systems, an American based company, signed contracts for the acquisition
of drones which will enhance the Forces' operational capabilities...
RBDF Senior Enlisted Bid Farewell to Organization
- Dec 15, 2019 - 4:34:24 PM
Chief Petty Officers Ian
Morley and Allan Francis were both hailed as Guardians of Our Heritage
after they officially retired from the Royal Bahamas Defence Force.
Senior Enlisted were recognized for their dedicated services during a
special ceremony on December 9 at Coral Harbour Base by the Officers and
Marines. Several individuals, including Lieutenant Commander Kenneth
Force, Commanding Officer, Base Maintenance Team (BMT); and Senior
Lieutenant Origin Deleveaux...
RBDF assists in joint operation in Grand Bahama
- Dec 15, 2019 - 3:22:05 PM
A total of 9 individuals were arrested in West End, Grand Bahama on
Wednesday 11th December during an ongoing joint operation by members of
the Royal Bahamas Defence Force, Police Force, Immigration and Customs
These individuals were taken in on charges ranging from dangerous drugs to immigration violations.
the island of Grand Bahama continues to recover in the aftermath of
Hurricane Dorian, law enforcement agencies are assuring a safe
environment for its residents...
ACDF visits Abaco Deployment
- Dec 10, 2019 - 7:26:10 PM
The hardworking Defence Force Troops assigned to assist with hurricane
relief efforts on Abaco welcomed Captain Raymond King, Acting Commander
Defence Force on Thursday December 5, 2019 during his tour of the
island, assessing the current status.
Simmons, Commanding Officer Northern Command and Commanding Officer
Hurricane Relief (Abaco and Grand Bahama) who has been appointed to lead
in disaster recovery in the Northern Bahamas...
HMBS LIGNUM VITAE Marines of the Year
- Dec 10, 2019 - 5:00:48 PM
Able Mechanic Joshua Taylor and Marine Seaman Eduardo Rolle of the
Royal Bahamas Defence Force (RBDF) were recognized for their outstanding
performances and chosen as Marines of the Year on the Patrol Craft HMBS
As the Electrical Technician on the craft, Able Mechanic Joshua Taylor
has demonstrated his ability to assist in the efficient management of
the mechanical section onboard the Ship. He has sailed consistently,
particularly this year. Of note, he has acted as the Chief Mechanic and
demonstrated his capacity to perform at that level. A competent and
dedicated marine who makes a valuable contribution to the success of
HMBS LIGNUM VITAE’s operational capability, Able Mechanic Taylor’s
Search and Rescue operation successful with Interagency Cooperation
- Dec 10, 2019 - 4:25:14 PM
A couple is happy to be back on land after being rescued earlier Tuesday morning.
closely in a true display of interagency collaboration, a new Search
and Rescue (SAR) Team consisting of members of the Royal Bahamas Defence
Force, Royal Bahamas Police Force, Operations Bahamas Turks and Caicos,
and BASRA sprang into action after a call was placed by a concerned
relative, reporting their loved ones had failed to show up after a
RBDF Apprehends Haitian Migrants
- Dec 9, 2019 - 2:45:46 PM
A joint maritime operation between the Royal Bahamas Defence Force,
Police Force, Operation Bahamas Turks and Caicos Islands (OPBAT), and
the United States Coast Guard on Saturday past resulted in the
apprehension of 39 Haitian nationals in the southern Bahamas.
migrants (26 males, 13 females) were spotted on an isolated cay off the
south eastern coast of Great Inagua earlier in the week. Because of the
rocky terrain, efforts to reach the migrants by land and sea proved
Cuban Ambassador makes courtesy call on Acting Commander Defence Force
- Dec 4, 2019 - 4:50:24 PM
His Excellency Alejandro Garcia del Toro, Cuban Ambassador to The
Bahamas recently paid a courtesy call on Acting Commander Defence Force,
Captain Raymond King, at the Royal Bahamas Defence Force’s Coral
His Excellency Alejandro Garcia del Toro replaces
Mrs. Ismara M. Vargas-Walter, who demitted office in October after
serving as the Cuban Ambassador to The Bahamas for almost four years...
Warrant Officer speaks to RBDF Rangers
- Dec 4, 2019 - 11:35:48 AM
Warrant Officer Oral Wood, Command Force Chief at the Royal Bahamas
Defence Force, was a recent guest speaker for the RBDF Rangers on
November 23 2019 at the S.C. McPherson Junior High School.
Rangers celebrate Character Development Month in November, Force Chief
Petty Officer (FCPO) Wood addressed the young students on the importance
and benefits of having a bad character and a good character...
RBDF Marines complete Boat Handling Course
- Dec 3, 2019 - 12:16:56 PM
The Royal Bahamas Defence Force remains committed to ensuring its
servicemen and women undergo job specific training. As such, a total of
40 Royal Bahamas Defence Force Marines stationed at the Harbour Patrol
Unit (HPU) received certificates on November 29th 2019 after
successfully completing the Basic Small Boat Handling and the Small Boat
Coxswain Training courses.
The course, which was taught by
Senior Enlisted assigned to the HPU, enables Marines to improve their
navigating skills while serving aboard Defence Force patrol crafts...
Sporting Legends visit Defence Force Base
- Dec 2, 2019 - 9:30:16 PM
Organizers of the Members of the National Sports Hall of Fame 2019
Class, along with five sports aficionados were recent special guests of
the Royal Bahamas Defence Force as they were hosted to a luncheon at the
Coral Harbour Base.
Spearheaded by organizers Bernadette
Davis-Smith and Oria Wood-Knowles, the delegation also included
representatives from the Ministry of Youth, Sports and Culture. The
national Hall of Fame honorees visiting the base included Jacklyn
January to September 2019 Statistical Report
- Dec 2, 2019 - 5:50:46 PM
BISX is pleased to announce its BISX All-Share Index and trading
statistics for the nine-month period ending September 30, 2019 with
comparison to the same period of 2018.
For the nine-month
period ending September 30, 2019 the BISX All-Share Index closed at
2,171.36 this represented a year to date increase of 61.95 or 2.94%...
Effectiveness of Coastal Radar
- Nov 29, 2019 - 9:52:30 PM
In April 2019, The Bahamas Maritime Surveillance System was installed
and commissioned at the Royal Bahamas Defence Force Base in Inagua, and
has proven to be a step in the right direction and necessary in the
fight against illicit activities.
As the Force prepares to
refine its multi-layered security network, the state of the art Kelvin
Hughes long range coastal radar that was handed over to The Bahamas by
the United States Government, will only maximize the Defence Force's
capabilities to detect, deter...