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RBDF pays Final Respect to Late Comrade - Jan 14, 2021 - 3:18:36 PM

Consistent with the Commander Defence Force, Commodore Raymond King’s command philosophy and priority of enhancing the morale and welfare of serving members and veterans, the Royal Bahamas Defence Force paid final respect respects for former comrade, the late Able Mechanic Eugene Weir. 

Following a memorial service at Bethel Baptist Church, Meeting Street on Saturday January 8, 2020, the cremated remains of Able Mechanic Weir was taken aboard a Defence Force vessel and his ashes was spread at sea...
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RBDF Ship Crew recognized for services - Jan 14, 2021 - 2:27:40 PM

In recognizing and rewarding the efforts of excellence in the workplace consistent with the Commander Defence Force, Commodore Raymond King’s strategic intent of talent management, crew members of HMBS NASSAU of the Royal Bahamas Defence Force’s Squadron Department were dually recognized for their services during a brief ceremony at HMBS CORAL HARBOUR.

During the awards presentation on January 12, 2021, Captain Shawn Adderley, Acting Captain Coral Harbour, commended the Commanding Officer...
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RBDF Congratulates Captain Neely on New Year’s Honour - Jan 11, 2021 - 10:10:32 AM

The Royal Bahamas Defence Force congratulates Captain Whitfield Neely, who was bestowed with the honor as a Member of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth, during the Queens New Year’s honours.

A member of the RBDF’s Entry 5 squad, Captain Neely was one of fifteen survivors of the ill-fated HMBS FLAMINGO, which was bombed and sunk by Cuban MIG jets on May 10, 1980. The only current serving survivor, he has made tremendous contributions to the organization over the years...
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RBDF receives Bosun Whistles - Dec 9, 2020 - 1:21:01 PM

Consistent with the Royal Bahamas Defence Force’s strategic objective of developing a professional and high performance workforce focused on performance excellence, a retired veteran from the Royal Bahamas Defence Force (RBDF) presented the organization with Bosun Whistles.

During a brief presentation at Defence Force Headquarters on December 3, 2020, Retired Chief Petty Officer Garnet Beneby, owner of Island Marine Electronics...
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RBDF Personnel Complete COVID-19 Training - Dec 6, 2020 - 10:13:32 PM

As the Royal Bahamas Defence Force continues to enforce the Commander Defence Force, Commodore Raymond King’s strategic intent to enhancing responsiveness to the security environment nationally and regionally, members of the Military Aid to Civilian Authority recently completed a four-day COVID-19 training at the Princess Margaret Hospital.

A total of twelve RBDF Marines completed the COVID-19 Infection Prevention Control Training course offered by the Samaritan’s Purse...
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Commander Defence Force meets with RBDF Veterans Association - Dec 4, 2020 - 12:04:01 PM

In keeping with the Commander Defence Force, Commodore Raymond King’s intent of improving the quality of life for retirees and veterans through the Veteran’s Affairs Office and collaboratively with the Royal Bahamas Defence Force Veteran’s Association (RBDFVA), members of the association paid a courtesy call at Defence Headquarters, John F. Kennedy Drive on December 2, 2020.

Led by the president of the Veteran Association, Chief Petty Officer (Retired) Harold Bosfield, and his committee members, the visit coincided with the observance of their first anniversary. Officially established on November 11th...
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RBDF Commando Squadron Graduation Ceremony - Nov 23, 2020 - 9:09:42 AM

In keeping with the Commander Defence Force, Commodore Raymond King’s vision of professionalism of the Royal Bahamas Defence Force, a total of forty-six Marines form the Royal Bahamas Defence Force are better equipped to defend and safeguard the country against illicit activities, after successfully completing training courses on November 20, 2020 at HMBS CORAL HARBOUR.

Twenty-six Marines graduated from the Commando Squadron's Basic Infantry Training (CSBIT) and Military Police Classification Course, and an additional twenty Marines were also successful in completing the Skill-at-Arms Instructor Course...
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RBDF Squad pays courtesy call on Commander Defence Force - Nov 10, 2020 - 8:11:47 AM

Members of the Royal Bahamas Defence Force's Entry 17 paid a courtesy call on Commodore Raymond King, Commander Defence Force at Defence Headquarters on Friday November 6, 2020.  

The all-male squad, who commenced New Entry Training on June 24, 1985, were celebrating their 35th Anniversary and their commitment to country and service. They were the last group of men to complete New Entry Training prior to females..
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Royal Bahamas Defence Force displays a state of readiness for hurricane - Nov 8, 2020 - 10:45:30 PM

As Tropical Storm Eta churns in the straits of Florida with a chance of possible strengthening, the Royal Bahamas Defence Force remains committed to ensuring a state of readiness.

With the activation of hurricane shelters, RBDF Hurricane Shelter Support Team members were on call to manage and secure Hurricane Shelters in New Providence. In providing shelter managers, the Royal Bahamas Defence Force is responsible to the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA)...
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Royal Bahamas Defence Force joins in Remembrance Day Celebrations - Nov 8, 2020 - 9:05:50 PM

The Commander Defence Force, Commodore Raymond King along with the Officers and Marines of the Royal Bahamas Defence Force joins the world in commemorating veterans of World Wars I and II on Remembrance Day.  

Remembrance Day is a day recognized by The Bahamas and countries throughout the British colonies to memorialize the veterans who served during World Wars I and II in the British Army. This annual ceremony, which is observed the nearest Sunday to November 11th, marks the culmination of activities showcased by members of the British Legion-Bahamas Branch (BLBB).  

As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic which has affected services throughout the world, there will not be the usual church service at Christ Church Cathedral...
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Commander Defence Force presented with Book from Cancer Survivor - Nov 5, 2020 - 10:18:07 AM

Mrs. Kesha Smith, a cancer survivor, paid a courtesy call on the Commander Defence Force, Commodore Raymond King on November 3, 2020 at Defence Headquarters, John F. Kennedy Drive.

During the visit, Mrs. Smith, who is also the wife of a RBDF Marine, presented a book written by herself entitled “Cancer, Meet Christ and My God”. With the month of October designated internationally as Breast Cancer Awareness Month, this annual campaign increases the awareness of the disease. As one who has defied the odds, she shared an insight of her battle with Leukemia.
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Dominican Nationals detained in Inagua - Oct 13, 2020 - 11:40:04 AM

Three Dominican Nationals are currently being detained by the Royal Bahamas Defence Force in Matthew Town, Inagua after they were rescued by the United States Coast Guard helo stationed in Matthew Town, after their vessel allegedly sank.  

Shortly after 7:00 p.m. Monday evening, the men were picked up on the east south east point of Inagua by the USCG helo after they claimed they swam ashore from a sunken skiff. They were then brought to the airport on the island, where they were eventually transported to the clinic in Matthew Town. ..
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RBDF Marines continue to enforce curfew orders - Oct 12, 2020 - 7:40:03 PM

Officers and Marines from the Royal Bahamas Defence Force continue to enforce the latest 24-hr. weekend curfew that was implemented on Friday 9 October 2020 for New Providence.

On Saturday night, Captain Glenn McPhee visited the Marines who worked along with members of the Police Force on various static posts. This latest measure will be enforced each day throughout the holiday weekend until Tuesday at 5:00 a.m.
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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...
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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...
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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 Force.

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...
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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. 

 Commander 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”...
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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 September 2020...
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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 Guard.

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...
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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 Hurricane Dorian.

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...
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