BDF Constructs Structures to House Generators For The Barbados Water Authority

BDF Constructs Structures to House Generators For The Barbados Water Authority

BDF Constructs Structures For The Barbados Water Authority

BDF Media Release| 25 Mar 19

Photography credit: BDF Media Source

The Barbados Defence Force’s (BDF) Engineering Troop has is providing assistance to the Barbados Water Authority (BWA) with the construction of reinforced concrete structures to secure electrical generators at eleven (11) pumping stations across the island.  The first three (3) generators are to be installed at Alleynedale, St Lucy and at Newmarket and Sweet Bottom in St. George.  The effort is yet another civil-military (CIMIC) project undertaken in assistance to Civil Ministries (MACM) to ensure resilience and readiness prior to the start of the 2019 Atlantic Hurricane Season. These generators will ensure continuous electrical supply to the major pumping stations should there be power outages during the passage of severe weather systems.

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Commanding Officer of the Barbados Regiment, Lieutenant Colonel Carlos Lovell during his site visit to the project locations noted that there is great potential for the BDF’s engineers to expand with a view to developing a more robust and effective national capability with a specific focus on disaster mitigation, response and even the maintenance of national infrastructure.  While the BDF’s Engineering subunit is very small numerically, like other elements of the BDF it “often punches above its weight class.” Throughout the Force’s history, the building engineers have been immensely effective due in large part to the military culture of discipline, determination and commitment. The benefits of investment in an expanded and better equipped engineering subunit would be of tremendous value to Barbados and in an expeditionary way within the RSS. There are also significant opportunities for youth development.

In addition to their primary responsibility for the maintenance of the physical infrastructure of the BDF, the subunit has contributed to national and regional rehabilitation in the aftermath of a disasters in Grenada (2004 after the passage of Hurricane Ivan), Dominica (Storm Erica in 2015 and Hurricane Maria in 2017), and recently with repairs at the Geriatric Hospital in Bay Street (2018).

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An Evening of Family Entertainment

An Evening of Family Entertainment

An Evening of Family Entertainment

BDF Media Release| 23 Feb 19

Photography credit: Lieutenant S Gollop 

The NIFCA award-winning Barbados Cadet Corps Band (BCC Band) held their fundraising concert at the St Leonard’s Boys’ Secondary School on Saturday 23 March 2019, under the direction of Captain Len Cummins.

Barbados Cadet Corps Headquarters (BCC HQ) and the members of the BCC Band extend sincere appreciation to the many patrons who attended and continue to show their support to them for this year’s Band Camp and activities.

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BCG 40th Anniversary Church Service

BCG 40th Anniversary Church Service

BCG 40th Anniversary Church Service

BDF Media Release| 24 Feb 19

Photography credit: Lieutenant Shimar Gollop 

Embrace the Past; Celebrate the Present; Chart the future, was the theme of the Barbados Coast Guard’s 40th Anniversary Church Service held last Sunday at the Whitepark Wesleyan Holiness Church. The Service was attended by the Honourable Mia Amor Mottley, Prime Minister of Barbados.

Since its establishment, the responsibilities of the Barbados Coast Guard (BCG) have expanded significantly. The interconnected and multifaceted Caribbean region, is threatened by the steady escalation of illicit trafficking; primarily of illegal drugs and small weaponry through its prized tranquil waters. Commander Mark Peterson, Commanding Officer of the Barbados Coast Guard indicated that the Barbados Coast Guard’s role in Port and Maritime Security will continue to increase, as the organisation ensures that the safety of those visitors and locals alike is protected through enhanced port and maritime security patrols as well as the establishment of special teams to respond to threats of terrorism.

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The Government of Barbados has made a number of obligations under international law, and it is the duty of the Barbados Coast Guard to ensure that these obligations are met and the waters that engulf our shores are safe, and secure for all. The Barbados Coast Guard of 40 years onward, aims to be a dynamic and proactive organisation; an organisation of pride and industry. In so doing, the unit will continue to embrace the past, celebrate the present and chart the future as part of the Barbados Defence Force’s service to uphold its motto – a symbol of excellence.

 The Barbados Coast Guard regularly carries out maritime counter illicit operations with our national and regional law enforcement partners such as the Royal Barbados Police Force, Customs Enforcement and The Regional Security System Air Wing. After its modernization and transition to HMBS PELICAN in 2007, the BCG has conducted 239 successful counternarcotics operations, netting approximately 30,000 lbs of marijuana and 425 kgs of cocaine with a combined estimated street value of over $700 million Barbados dollars. The BCG has notably conducted 476 successful Search and Rescue Missions, 11 medical evacuations of injured mariners from vessels at sea and 10 regional humanitarian assistance and disaster response missions in support of the Regional Security System.

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Governor General visit Geriatric Hospital

Governor General visit Geriatric Hospital

Geriatric Hospital’s Annual Christmas Party.

BDF Media Release| 19 Dec 18

Photography credit: Lieutenant S Gollop

Governor General, Her Excellency Dame Sandra Mason and Minister of Health, the Honourable Jeffrey Bostic attended the Geriatric Hospital’s Annual Christmas Party.

They were treated with performances of song, instrumentals and poetry by the staff and residents of the hospital.

Major Lubin Maxwell, BDF Building Rehabilitation Projects Manager, engaged the visiting party to a tour of the restorative work done by the Barbados Defence Force.

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Christmas At The Fort

Christmas At The Fort

Christmas At The Fort

BDF Media Release| 29 Dec 18

Photography credit: Lieutenant S Gollop & Officer Cadet R Ifill 

The Other Ranks and Civilians Christmas Cocktail Function, was held at the Officers’ Mess St Ann’s Fort the Garrison, under the theme “Christmas at the Fort: One in Celebration”. Traditionally this Christmas event is conceptualized, designed and staffed by the Officers, Warrant Officers, Senior Civilian Staff and Senior Non-Commissioned Officers of the Regular and Reserve Units of the Barbados Defence Force. 

This event is used to express appreciation for the unwavering support provided to the Senior Members of the Force. It also serves as recognition for their dedicated and professional service rendered to the people of Barbados and the region during the year 2018. 

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