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RBDF Searching for possible Haitian Sloops and Migrants 
 - Aug 9, 2021 - 10:15:53 AM

The Royal Bahamas Defence Force is actively searching for possible migrants after a sloop they were in, was found drifting in waters with no occupants onboard approximately eight (8) nautical miles of Goulding Cay on Saturday August 7, 2021.

After receiving initial reports from the US Coast Guard Liaison officer that two Haitian sloops left Haiti, air and sea assets from the Royal Bahamas were immediately deployed to conduct search operation in the areas of the possible routes taken by the sloops...
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Update to RBDF coordinated Search and Rescue Mission for Missing Boaters - Jun 14, 2021 - 8:34:30 AM

The search and rescue mission undertaken by members of the Royal Bahamas Defence Force Search and Rescue Unit, the Royal Bahamas Police Marine Division, BASRA, Unites States Air Force, and United States Coast Guard, for five (5) individuals who are unaccounted for after their vessel capsized in waters in off Grand Bahama has since been suspended.  

After capsizing in waters near Memory Rock off west End Grand Bahama on Thursday 10th June 2021, nine (9) Haitian Nationals were rescued early Friday morning...
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95 haitian nationals repatriated - Jun 3, 2021 - 5:12:36 PM

On Thursday, June 3, 2021, at approximately 8:49 a.m., sixty-seven (67) males, twenty-two (22) females, and six (6) minors were repatriated from New Providence to Port-au-Prince, Haiti.  A joint team of officers from the Royal Bahamas Defence Force and the Immigration Department, assisted by a volunteer from the Bahamas Red Cross Society, escorted this group...
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Commander Defence Force presented with Book from RBDF Senior Enlisted - Mar 24, 2021 - 12:46:02 PM

Chief Petty Officer (CPO) John Ingraham, who is a Bishop serving in his local church as Fellowship Pastor, paid a courtesy call and presented a book to the Commander Defence Force, Commodore Raymond King on March 16, 2021, at Defence Headquarters, John F. Kennedy Drive.

During the visit, CPO Ingraham, who is an ordained Minister at Southside Christian Ministries, presented a book written by himself entitled “Let Laddicea Now See”. Accompanying him was his spouse, Mrs. Patrice Ingraham who is an Elder in the Church...
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RBDF assists in search and recovery efforts - Mar 8, 2021 - 2:13:19 PM

The Royal Bahamas Defence Force is assisting in search efforts for an overdue aircraft with two occupants which reportedly went missing on Friday 5 March 2021.

The white and yellow Piper PA28 aircraft, which departed Lynden Pindling International Airport at 7:00 am on Friday en route to Inagua, was last heard from shortly after 8:00 am. After reports of a downed aircraft in the vicinity of Acklins...
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RBDF Personnel complete Crisis and Disaster Management Course - Feb 24, 2021 - 9:22:27 AM

In keeping with the Commander Defence Force, Commodore Raymond King’s strategic intent of enhancing responsiveness to the security environment nationally and regionally, approximately seventeen Marines successfully completed the Crisis and Disaster Risk Management course.

Conducted at the HMBS CORAL HARBOUR from February 15-19, 2021, the course was designed to heighten the skillset of the men and women when deployed nationally or regionally during times of disaster...
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Defence Force Medical Facility recognizes staff
 - Feb 18, 2021 - 3:30:19 PM

In keeping with the Commander Defence Force, Commodore Raymond King’s strategic intent of developing a professional and high-performance workforce focused on talent management in the pursuit of excellence, Marines from the Royal Bahamas Defence Force’s Medical Facility were recognized for their performances in 2020.

A brief presentation was held on February 17, 2021, at the Defence Headquarters, John F. Kennedy Drive...
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Search and rescue update - Feb 9, 2021 - 9:20:22 AM

As the Royal Bahamas Defence Force continues the search and rescue operations for an overdue vessel with three individuals onboard, family members gathered on Monday 8 February 2021, at HMBS CORAL HARBOUR to receive updates.

In a meeting chaired by Acting Captain Coral Harbour, Captain Shawn Adderley, the family members were briefed on the case history, search methods, the coordination between partnering agencies, and the expansion of the search area...
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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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