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RBDF sinks condemned dominican fishing vessel - Jun 15, 2020 - 5:45:16 PM

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The Dominican fishing vessel “DIGNA ROSA 1” was sunk by members of the Royal Bahamas Defence Force west of Coral Harbour on Thursday June 11, 2020.

The vessel was escorted to its watery grave by HMBS Lignum Vitae, under the command of Lieutenant Owen Sands. A team of engineers from the RBDF Engineering Department led the way in the sinking of the vessel.

This vessel was the last of 3 Dominican fishing vessels to be apprehended by the RBDF in 2018 for poaching in Bahamian waters...
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RBDF Communications Engineers successfully complete Motorola Training - May 17, 2020 - 5:25:04 PM

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Six technicians from the Royal Bahamas Defence Force recently returned home after successfully completing a 3-week Motorola Training course in Schaumburg, Illinois, U.S.A.

Taught by US engineers during the period of 17th February - 6th March 2020, this advanced class was conducted at Motorola Solutions Learning Center. Some of the topics covered included: Networking Essentials; Mototrbo Portable and Mobile Train- the –Trainer, Mototrbo Subscriber Academy...
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Contract signing for electrification of the base - May 14, 2020 - 12:20:04 PM

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A contract signing ceremony for the electrification of the Royal Bahamas Defence Force base as part of its ongoing Sandy Bottom Project to modernize the force was held on Wednesday, May 13 at HMBS Coral Harbour.

Signing the official contracts on behalf of the Bahamas Government was Mr. Marco Rolle, Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of National Security and the President of Flameless Electrical Contracting Limited (FEC Ltd.), Mr. Quentin Knowles...
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RBDF observes ceremony in observation of HMBS Flamingo - May 10, 2020 - 6:05:03 PM

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In a somber gathering at the Defence Force Base this morning, four marines killed in action 40 years ago were remembered during a wreath laying ceremony in commemoration of the bombing and sinking of HMBS Flamingo on May 10, 1980.

The significance of the day soaked through like the rainstorms that ensued as it happened. In attendance were Minister of National Security, the Honourable Marvin Dames, Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of National Security...
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RBDF renders medical assistance on high seas - Apr 17, 2020 - 10:27:32 PM

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A Bahamian fisherman was taken to hospital after he received medical assistance by members of the Royal Bahamas Defence Force's Sick Bay medical staff on the high seas Friday morning.

The Operations Department received a call approximately 8:00 a.m. that one of the four occupants aboard a 30-ft fishing vessel just off Green Cay required medical assistance. Patrol Craft P-127 was dispatched with the medical team led by Dr. Derwin Johnson, the force's Medical Doctor...
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Royal Bahamas Defence Force apprehends Cuban Migrants - Apr 11, 2020 - 9:16:24 AM

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Eleven Cuban migrants were brought ino the Defence Force base on Friday morning after they were apprehended during a joint effort by members of the Royal Bahamas Defence Force and the United States Coast Guard (USCG) on Thursday past.

At about 4:00 a.m. on Thursday, HMBS NASSAU along with a USCG cutter intercepted a small rustic vessel migrant vessel with (11) Cuban male migrants onboard in the Anguilla Cay area...
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BISX Trading Notice - Apr 8, 2020 - 11:30:11 PM

The Bahamas International Securities Exchange Limited (BISX) wishes to notify BISX Broker-Dealer Members and the general public that due to the Emergency Powers (COVID 19)(LOCKDOWN)(No. 2) Order, 2020, there will not be a trading session for Thursday 9 April 2020.  

Trading will resume on Tuesday 14 April 2020 at 10 a.m...
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Royal Bahamas Defence Force enforces COVID-19 Orders - Apr 4, 2020 - 8:34:29 AM

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In enforcing the Emergency Powers Order of COVID-19, the Royal Bahamas Defence Force has stepped up seccurity efforts to ensure the safety of  the Bahamian residents.

Defence Force vessels have established a blockade off the northern Bahamas to ensure the closure of harbours as it relates to vessels entering or departing those inlets. Sections 10 and 11 of the COVID-19 Orders calls for the “Restriction...
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RBDF apprehends foreign nationals - Mar 30, 2020 - 9:15:06 AM

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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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