May 14, 2013
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THREE Dominicans were detained by the Royal Bahamas Defence Force in Inagua after they were rescued by a United States Coast Guard helicopter stationed in Matthew Town, after their vessel is reported to have sunk.
FIVE Royal Bahamas Defence Force officers were airlifted to New Providence over the weekend following the grounding of their vessel, the HMBS Cascarilla, near Ragged Island last week.
THE Royal Bahamas Defence Force has discontinued new entry training due to the “quick spread of COVID-19” among its latest intake of recruits. “New entry training has been discontinued at this time, to allow the proper management and treatment of th
A group of 44 Haitian migrants was apprehended in the central Bahamas on Sunday morning in a joint operation between the Royal Bahamas Defence Force and the US Coast Guard.
Leave for all members of the Royal Bahamas Defence Force was cancelled late last night, effective immediately, except for those on secondment, sick leave or quarantine, special leave, approved international study leave or pre-retirement leave.
THE Royal Bahamas Defence Force apprehended more than 20 migrants who were part of a suspect migrant smuggling operation in Bimini waters earlier this week.
A Royal Bahamas Defence Force member has tested positive for COVID-19. “The individual has been admitted for medical care and the force’s medical team is currently conducting intensive contact tracing to confirm other members who may have been expos
Coral Harbour Base: A member of the Royal Bahamas Defence Force tested positive for COVID-19 on Tuesday.
THE Royal Bahamas Defence Force has launched a Board of Inquiry to assess the circumstances surrounding the recent groundings of two of their vessels.
TWELVE fishermen were apprehended in the central Bahamas for fisheries violations on Tuesday by members of the Royal Bahamas Defence Force. While on routine patrol, patrol craft HMBS Lignum Vitae under the command of Senior Lieutenant Ricardo McQuee
A man is dead and a woman is missing at sea after a boating accident off Bimini on Thursday night. Shortly before midnight, officers at the Alice Town Police Station received a distress call from a boater in the area of Turtle Rock – two nautical miles off Bimini.
The Royal Bahamas Defence Force (RBDF) says it is aware of video and audio messages circulating on social media said to be of newly promoted RBDF Marines, amongst others, ignoring COVID-19 assembling protocols.
ROYAL Bahamas Defence Force officials will follow the Ministry of Health’s protocols and have an operational plan for effectively dealing with any potential incidents of the coronavirus. Speaking at the RBDF’s media meet and greet event yesterday, A
THE body of another man was found off Double Breasted Cay yesterday as Royal Bahamas Defence Force officials continue investigating the discovery of 31 Haitian migrants in the Ragged Island chain. The discovery comes after three men were found washe
MEMBERS of the Royal Bahamas Defence Force and the Royal Bahamas Police Force are investigating the discovery of three bodies washed ashore in the Ragged Island chain on Saturday.
OVER two dozen Haitian migrants were apprehended by the Royal Bahamas Defence Force in waters off Ragged Island early yesterday morning. According to a statement from the RBDF, HMBS L L Smith under the command of Senior Lieutenant Shawn Adderley, ac
NEARLY 200 Haitian migrants were apprehended during a joint operation by law enforcement officers in waters off Inagua.
THE Royal Bahamas Defence Force has assisted in the rescue of a couple who didn’t return home following a fishing trip. In a joint effort, a new search and rescue (SAR) team consisting of the Royal Bahamas Defence Force, the Royal Bahamas Police For
Dominican poachers who were arrested by Royal Bahamas Defence Force officials and the US Coast Guard this week were carrying some 30,000 pounds of illegally harvested marine products.
SEVENTEEN Dominican fishermen were apprehended yesterday by the Royal Bahamas Defence Force and the US Coast Guard for poaching violations in waters near Ragged Island. In a press statement released yesterday, RBDF officials noted that the 76-ft Dom
THE Royal Bahamas Defence Force is investigating reports of foreign poachers being spotted in Bahamian waters. The vessels have reportedly been seen in the southern Bahamas during the past few days. No information was available at the time of going
EIGHT Haitian nationals were rescued during a combined effort by members of the Royal Bahamas Defence Force and OPBAT yesterday morning after their vessel ran aground in the southern Bahamas. The 57-ft wooden cargo freighter ‘SHAMU TOO’ was en route
MORE than a hundred new recruits were inducted into the Royal Bahamas Defence Force during a passing out parade at HMBS Coral Harbour on Friday.
CUSTOMS officers seized goods from a Royal Bahamas Defence Force vessel docked near the Coral Harbour base on Sunday. In a statement yesterday, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance K Peter Turnquest said: “The customs investigation team ass
THIRTEEN suspected human and drug smugglers were apprehended on Friday off West End, Grand Bahama in a joint Royal Bahamas Defence Force and Bahamas Immigration Department operation. One Bahamian and 12 nationals from the Caribbean, South America, a
THE Royal Bahamas Defence Force, in collaboration with the Bahamas Reef Environment Educational Foundation, held a closing ceremony on Friday for its second annual law enforcement marine conservation workshop.
THREE Bahamian men and 14 migrants were rescued at sea after being stranded in waters for hours after an alleged human and drug smuggling operation went awry when the vessel they were on capsized in waters off West End, Grand Bahama on Saturday evening,
THE Royal Bahamas Defence Force has launched an internal investigation into reports a marine was forced to draw his gun on another officer in an altercation at Prince George Dock yesterday.
Rescuers searching for a missing elderly Abaconian fisherman have recovered his boat adrift at sea. The Sandy Point community in Abaco has been rocked by the disappearance of 73-year-old fisherman James Green.
THE ROYAL Bahamas Defence Force (RBDF) yesterday announced the development of a comprehensive programme to decentralise their operations in a bid to combat human smuggling.
THE Royal Bahamas Defence Force apprehended 16 Haitians after discovering a wooden sloop around 1am yesterday.
TWELVE undocumented immigrants were captured on South Bimini by the combined efforts of the Royal Bahamas Defense Force and police officers stationed on the island on Sunday.
A CONCERNED boater has criticised the Royal Bahamas Defence Force’s response time following an incident at sea where a smoking boat was left in distress for hours.
SIX Cuban migrants who risked their lives to reach Florida were rescued by a fishing vessel after their vessel overturned in Bahamian waters near Cay Sal.
TWO men who were adrift at sea after their boat capsized in waters off Delaporte Point were rescued by the Royal Bahamas Defence Force on Saturday.
THE search for a missing Bahamian man who fell overboard from a vessel off central Eleuthera on Friday night has been suspended, a Royal Bahamas Defence Force official confirmed to The Tribune yesterday.
THE Royal Bahamas Defence Force has warned boaters to stay clear of an unidentified floating container unit found in waters off Farmer’s Cay in the Exuma chain.At last report, the estimated 20 ft by 40 ft metal container was located at position latit
THE Royal Bahamas Defence Force rescued two boaters last Thursday after their vessel broke down.Jerome Burrows, 37, and Sasha McPhee, 37, left Riverwatch Marina in Stuart, Florida around 9.30am on Wednesday heading for Abaco. A relative called the U
A MAN and a young child are counting their blessings after they were rescued from waters near Potter’s Cay on Thursday afternoon by Royal Bahamas Defence Force military divers and marines attached to the RBDF’s Harbour Patrol Unit.Shortly after 4pm o
ROYAL Bahamas Defence Force divers pulled a body out of waters near Potter’s Cay Dock on Thursday.
TWO Dominican fishermen, caught fishing in Bahamian waters on Wednesday, were arrested by the Royal Bahamas Defence Force and are on their way to Nassau.
THE Royal Bahamas Defence Force has addressed threats made on its social media page allegedly by foreign nationals after 46 Dominican poachers were charged in Bahamian courts. In a press release issued on Saturday, the RBDF assured the public that is
ONE man died and two others were injured when their speedboat smashed into a reef just off the coast of New Providence late Sunday night.
AN “ongoing search” for illegal migrants is underway by the Royal Bahamas Defence Force following the capture of a number of Haitians in south New Providence on Sunday.
Three Haitian men, including a boat captain, were apprehended off the west coast of Great Inagua when Royal Bahamas Defence Force officers boarded a 45ft Haitian sail sloop on Friday.
QUICK thinking marines attached to the Royal Bahamas Defence Force Harbour Patrol Unit assisted in securing one of three breakaway freighters on Tuesday afternoon near Potter’s Cay Dock.
THE Royal Bahamas Defence Force has assisted in the rescue of 13 persons who were stranded at sea aboard a “disabled vessel” after it experienced mechanical problems between Friday and Saturday.The passengers—five Bahamian men and eight Canadians – l
NEARLY 90 Haitian migrants were arrested by the Royal Bahamas Defence Force (RBDF) early Wednesday morning, according to an RBDF statement.
THE Royal Bahamas Defence Force is assisting in the search for two people who went missing at sea on Sunday after their vessel capsized. Four other occupants of the boat – Don Smith, Alan Rolle Jr, Karkin McLuaglir (a Honduran) and Doswell Coakley —
MORE than 25 Haitians were apprehended Friday.
IN its first apprehension of the year, the Royal Bahamas Defence Force arrested 70 Haitians who were on board a 40ft sailing vessel east of Wemyss in south Long Island, officials said.
THE Department of Immigration will deport 114 Haitians today and charge 14 people who were caught in Bahamian over the holiday weekend.
FORMER Assistant Commissioner Paul Thompson yesterday raised concerns over the findings of an audit conducted into the Royal Bahamas Defence Force (RBDF), telling The Tribune he felt assurances offered by National Security Minister Marvin Dames were “premature”.
THE Royal Bahamas Defence Force (RBDF) is investigating reports of a Haitian wooden sloop landing in the southwest area of New Providence.
MORE than $700,000 was wrongly paid out to 1,227 Royal Bahamas Defence Force (RBDF) officers in 2014, the Office of the Auditor General has found.
A Royal Bahamas Defence Force vessel, led by Lieutenant Commander Milton Munroe, arrived in Dominica on Monday.
THE Royal Bahamas Defence Force has announced that all vacation leave for the force has been cancelled because of Hurricane Irma.
THANKS to joint efforts of the Royal Bahamas Defence Force and local fishermen, two fishermen are grateful to be alive today after being missing for several hours when their 17-foot white Boston whaler developed engine problems.The men left to go fis
FIVE individuals are counting their blessings after they were rescued from their sunken vessel Thursday morning.While on routine patrol, Royal Bahamas Defence Force patrol craft P-128 under coxswain Petty Officer Bernard Cash came upon a 30-ft craft
WHILE the increased collaboration between the Royal Bahamas Defence Force and police has netted results for law enforcement, one marine has warned that the strategy could not become the final solution to the nation’s violent crime ills.
THE prudence of the government's decision to acquire nine Royal Bahamas Defence Force (RBPF) vessels at a cost of $232 million can be seen in the results that are being reaped, Prime Minister Perry Christie said on Friday.
EIGHTEEN Cuban migrants were apprehended in the southern Bahamas by a Royal Bahamas Defence Force (RBDF) patrol craft in the Cay Sal Bank area southeast of Key West, Florida, on Wednesday morning.
A GROUP of undocumented Haitian migrants were picked up by Royal Bahamas Defence Force officers near Hope Town, Abaco.
THE Dominican Republic has launched its own investigation into the recent shootout between Royal Bahamas Defense Force marines and suspected Dominican poachers, Foreign Affairs and Immigration Minister Fred Mitchell said yesterday.
THE Royal Bahamas Defence Force (RBDF) on Friday concluded its bilateral Marlin Shield operation, a maritime and land-based training project aided by United States security forces.
THE Royal Bahamas Defence Force (RBDF) held the largest commissioning ceremony in the service’s history on Friday at the John Alfred Wharf, bolstering its fleet with three new vessels and a 17-piece containerised mobile base as it upgrades its fleet to safeguard the Bahamas.
ACTING Commodore of the Royal Bahamas Defence Force (RBDF) Tellis Bethel yesterday said he is still awaiting government confirmation on whether or not he will fully assume the organisation's top role.
THE Royal Bahamas Defence Force (RBDF) welcomed its largest recruitment cohort at a passing out parade of the New Entry 52 class at the Coral Harbour base yesterday.
FIVE Cuban nationals have been apprehended by Royal Bahamas Defence Force officers patrolling near Anguilla Cay in the Cay Sal Bank area in the southwestern Bahamas.
RESIDENTS of Coral Harbour are crying foul over the "disruptive" actions of Royal Bahamas Defence Force (RBDF) officers in their neighbourhood, close to the organisation's base.
THE Royal Bahamas Defence Force has declined to comment on the abuse claims of two pregnant Bahamian women pending a police investigation.
NINETEEN Cubans were arrested by Royal Bahamas Defence Force officers over the weekend, Immigration Minister Fred Mitchell said yesterday.
TWENTY-ONE Haitian nationals have been arrested in Abaco.
FORENSIC Officers are working to determine the race, age, sex and cause of death of the four badly burned bodies discovered last week on Anguilla Cay.
THE Christie administration will today table a resolution to borrow $232 million to purchase nine new Royal Bahamas Defence Force vessels.
TWO Bahamian vessels were apprehended by the Royal Bahamas Defence Force and Bimini police after officers found crew members with undersized crawfish.
DEFENCE Force officers arrested 40 Dominicans, who are suspected of poaching off the coast of Andros on Saturday.
A GROUP of Dominican fishermen have been apprehended by the Defence Force on suspicion of fisheries violations in Bahamian waters.
THE Cuban detainee abuse trial resumed at the Defence Force base yesterday, Defence Force Public Relations Officer Lt Origin Deleveaux told The Tribune.
THE deployment of Defence Force officers to the Royal Bahamas Police Force has not affected patrol operations, RBDF Commodore Roderick Bowe said yesterday.
THE Royal Bahamas Defence Force has officially denied The Tribune’s application for permission to cover the ongoing Cuban detainee abuse hearings.
THE Defence Force is handicapped by a shortage of equipment and human resources, Public Relations Officer Lieutenant Origin Deleveaux said yesterday.
THE Defence Force said it will use CCTV cameras to monitor those in its custody following accusations that officers of the military organisation violated the human rights of detainees.
MORE than 900 illegal immigrants have been arrested by the Royal Bahamas Defence Force so far this year – almost as many as the 12 months of 2012.
THE government has signed a letter of intent with DAMEN Shipyards to augment the Royal Bahamas Defence Force’s fleet with nine medium-to-long range vessels, Minister of National Security Dr Bernard Nottage said. The deal also includes improvements to the RBDF’s existing bases and harbours and a 70 per cent increase in human capital.