BDF Convenes Ordinary Court Martial

BDF Convenes Ordinary Court Martial

BDF Ordinary Court Martial Convened

BDF Media Release| 19 April 21

Photography: BDF Media

The Ordinary Court Martial of Private (Pte) Shane Coulthrust commenced today, Monday 19 April 2021 in the Hodgson Hall Conference Room, St Ann’s Fort, Garrison St Michael. Pte Coulthrust is represented by Attorney-at-law, Andrew Pilgrim Q.C

The Court heard opening remarks from Prosecutor Captain Neville Corbin, who set about to paint a picture of what the evidence presented will reveal. The Prosecution likened the road map of evidence to the notion that “you cannot run with the hares and hunt with the hounds”.

Chief Petty Officer Arlington Cadogan, Lieutenant Coast Guard Sena Price, Leading Seaman Ian Mitchel, Petty Officer Nicole Brathwaite and Sub-Lieutenant Alexander Kellman, presented witness evidence in the case.

The Court Martial will resume on Tuesday 20 April 2021 at 9AM.

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The Charges:

  1. CONDUCT TO PREJUDICE OF GOOD ORDER AND MILITARY DISCIPLINE CONTRARY TO SECTION 75 OF THE DEFENCE ACT CAP 159, in that he, while on duty as the coxswain on board BCG vessel ENDURANCE on the 19 April 2019, collected 14 polythene packages, placed them on the ENDURANCE a vessel owned by the crown without authorisation from any of his superior officers.

 

  1. CONDUCT TO PREJUDICE OF GOOD ORDER AND MILITARY DISCIPLINE CONTRARY TO SECTION 75 OF THE DEFENCE ACT CAP 159, in that he, while on duty as the coxswain on board BCG vessel ENDURANCE on the 19 April 2019, transported 14 polythene packages to the Six Men’s St Peter area without authorisation from any of his superior officers.

 

  1. CONDUCT TO PREJUDICE OF GOOD ORDER AND MILITARY DISCIPLINE CONTRARY TO SECTION 75 OF THE DEFENCE ACT CAP 159, in that he, while on duty as the coxswain on board BCG vessel ENDURANCE on the 19 April 2019, transferred 14 polythene packages to the Fishing Vessel X17 which was moored in Six Men’s St Peter area without authorisation from any of his superior officers.

 

  1. CONDUCT TO PREJUDICE OF GOOD ORDER AND MILITARY DISCIPLINE CONTRARY TO SECTION 75 OF THE DEFENCE ACT CAP 159, in that he, while on duty as the coxswain on board BCG vessel ENDURANCE on the 19 April 2019, coopered with an unknown speed boat in the territorial waters of Barbados without authorisation from any of his superior officers.

 

  1. CONDUCT TO PREJUDICE OF GOOD ORDER AND MILITARY DISCIPLINE CONTRARY TO SECTION 75 OF THE DEFENCE ACT CAP 159.
  1. DISOBEDIENCE TO STANDING ORDERS CONTRARY TO SECTION 47 OF THE DEFENCE ACT CAP 159, in that he on 19 April 2019, contravened Sec 1709.4 of the Barbados Coast Guard Standing Orders, an order known to him or which is reasonably expected that he should have known by using his personal cellular phone on board the ENDURANCE while on patrol on the 19 April 2019.
  1. DISOBEDIENCE TO PARTICULAR ORDERS CONTRARY TO SECTION 45 (1) OF THE DEFENCE ACT CAP 159, in that he, on 19 April 2019, being the coxswain of the ENDURANCE, deviated without lawful authority, from his patrol area in accordance with SBF Patrol Orders dated 19 April 2019.
  1. CONDUCT TO PREJUDICE OF GOOD ORDER AND MILITARY DISCIPLINE CONTRARY TO SECTION 75 OF THE DEFENCE ACT CAP 159.
  1. CONDUCT TO PREJUDICE OF GOOD ORDER AND MILITARY DISCIPLINE CONTRARY TO SECTION 75 OF THE DEFENCE ACT CAP 159.
  1. CONDUCT TO PREJUDICE OF GOOD ORDER AND MILITARY DISCIPLINE CONTRARY TO SECTION 75 OF THE DEFENCE ACT CAP 159.
  1. MAKING A FALSE DOCUMENT CONTRARY TO SECTION 69 (C) OF THE DEFENCE ACT CAP 159, in that he being the coxswain of the SBF Crew on 19 April 2019, made a written report on 20 April 2019, to with his Patrol Report, with intent to deceive, failed to accurately account for all details of his patrol on 19 April 2019 while on board BCG vessel EDURANCE in the Territorial Waters of Barbados.

 

  1. CONDUCT TO PREJUDICE OF GOOD ORDER AND MILITARY DISCIPLINE CONTRARY TO SECTION 75 OF THE DEFENCE ACT CAP 159.

SECOND DEPLOYMENT TO SVG

SECOND DEPLOYMENT TO SVG

BDF Deploys Second Contingent To SVG

BDF Media Release| 16 April 21

Photography: Private Kyle Straker

The Barbados Defence Force in its commitment to the relief efforts for St Vincent and the Grenadines in the aftermath of the La Soufrière volcano eruption,  deployed its second contingent to assist our sister island.

Chief of Staff, Colonel Glyne Grannum along with other senior command, thanked the troops for their braveness in the face of the unknown and commitment to duty in service to Barbados and its interest. Colonel Grannum went on the encourage the troops formed up to remain steadfast in their tasks for the greater good, relying on the time invested in training, in order to respond effectively to such incidents.

The maritime unit of the BDF, the Barbados Coast Guard (BCG), will transport the contingent of the RSS, along with the members of the Caribbean Disaster Response Unit (CDRU) on board the unit’s offshore patrol craft (OPV). The CDRU comprises members of the Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency (CDEMA) participating and member states. They will be responsible for the collection and distribution of relief supplies. At this time, CDRU members from Barbados, Guyana and Trinidad and Tobago will travel with the BCG on board HMBS LEONARD C BANFIELD and RUDYARD LEWIS. It is expected that other member states of CDEMA will join subsequently. One BCG OPV will then sail to St Lucia to receive additional supplies for transport to SVG.

The BDF will also deploy a 30-man platoon as part of the Regional Security System contingent to support the Royal St Vincent and the Grenadines Police Force (RSVGPF) with security operations. A 10-man section from the Royal Barbados Police Force (RBPF) will also be deployed.

BDF DELIVERS RELIEF SUPPLIES TO SVG

BDF DELIVERS RELIEF SUPPLIES TO SVG

BDF Delivers Relief Supplies to SVG

BDF Media Release| 9 April 21

Photography: Private Kyle Straker

The Barbados Defence Force (BDF) deployed a contingent as part of the Regional Security Systems (RSS) humanitarian assistance and disaster response (HADR) mission to St Vincent and the Grenadines (SVG) in the aftermath of the La Soufrière volcano eruption. Two offshore patrol vessels from the Barbados Coast Guard (BCG), HMBS RUDYARD LEWIS and LEONARD C BANFIELD departed HMBS PELICAN at 2144hrs to deliver the first batch of over 7 tons of relief supplies from the Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency (CDEMA), the Department of Emergency Management, CARICOM IMPACS and the Trinidad and Tobago Defence Force among other agency donors. The supplies comprised mainly of drinking water, water testing kits and cots.

The crew of the vessels were addressed by the Attorney General, the Honourable Dale Marshall M.P, Minister of Home Affairs, Information and Public Affairs, the Honourable Wilfred Abrahams M.P, Executive Director of the Regional Security System (RSS), Captain (N) Errington Shurland, Chief of Staff BDF, Colonel Glyne Grannum, Commanding Officer BCG, Commander Mark Peterson, BDF Chaplaincy and Social Services.

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Attorney General Dale Marshall, expressed sincere appreciation on behalf of the Prime Minister and people of Barbados, to the contingent for their courage to face unknown operational theatres, as part of Barbados’ support to its neighboring sister island. He went on to say, that although as Barbadians we have never experienced a volcano or similar hazardous events, he remained confident in the BDFs capabilities through its training and brave personnel to be successful during this mission.

As the contingent prepared to sail, Commander Peterson reminded the personnel of their valued contributions and resilience thus far for the year 2021, as the Force continues to protect Barbados’ national security interests. He noted that in the midst of the Force’s efforts confronting the second wave of COVID-19 locally, they should also be proud of their interdiction successes of over $5 Million in narcotics for the year.

The members of the BDF will continue to pray for our sister island and wish our servicepersons fair winds and following seas.