Strategic Synergy Set To Purpose

Strategic Synergy Set To Purpose

Strategic Synergy Set To Purpose

BDF Media Release| 3 November 2021

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Chief of Staff, Commodore Errington Shurland paid a Courtesy Call on Commissioner of Police, Mr Richard Boyce at the Headquarters of the Royal Barbados Police Force, Roebuck Street.

This opportunity was used to congratulate Mr Boyce on his promotion to COP and to discuss matters relating to security,  combating transnational organized crime and  safeguarding Barbados’ interests.

Other members at the meeting included,  the Deputy Director of the Regional Security System, Mr Graham Archer, Military and Staff Advisors to the Chief of Staff, Lieutenant Colonel Carlos Lovell and Commander Mark Peterson respectively.

Chief of Staff Commodore Errington Shurland (L) and Commissioner of Police Mr Richard Boyce

Maritime Security Strategy Project Handover

Maritime Security Strategy Project Handover

Maritime Security Strategy Project Handover 2021

BDF Media Release| 25 October 21

Photography and Story credit: BDF Media

Today is a good day.  We are happily bringing to conclusion a very worthy project with the handing over of the national maritime strategies for the seven Member States of the Regional Security System and an overarching regional strategy. 

Barbados and the Eastern Caribbean States share not only historical commonalities but also economic and cultural and in several instances familial ties.  The physical and geographical closeness of our islands and shared maritime space also means that we have shared security challenges such as transnational organised crime to include drugs and weapons trafficking.

These shared challenges, dictate that cooperation and information-sharing between the RSS Member States is essential for maximising maritime and port security by essentially multiplying the capabilities and resources of anyone State.

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BDF Stock Footage: BCG Maritime Operation

Another First! First Female Master Chief Petty Officer

Another First! First Female Master Chief Petty Officer

Military Women!  – First Female Master Chief Petty Officer

BDF Media Release| 07 September 21

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Master Chief Petty Officer Class 2 (MCPO 2) Sheldene Walrond hails proudly from the Ellerslie Secondary School and has served Barbados selflessly for 21 years. She is the first female to be promoted to the rank of Master Chief Petty Officer. MCPO 2 Walrond is the Divisional Chief of Engineering of the Barbados Coast Guard (BCG) and holds a Bachelor’s degree of Education, an Associate Degree in Applied Science and the City of Guilds 1 and 2 in Electronics. Throughout her career she has completed various courses such as Rescue Diver, Coxswain and Advanced Drill Instructor. In addition to her military and academic accomplishments, MCPO 2 Walrond has dominated the local Road Tennis courts. Some her achievements include attaining the following championships:

  1.    3 x Touch of Class A-Class,
  2.    2 x The Clash of the Titans,
  3.    2 x The Monarch A-Class and the
  4.    Carlton & A1 A-Class

 

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MCPO 2 Walrond endeavours to be an inspiration and role model for all members of the Force, with a focus on the development of its females. She aims to encourage the young women to persistently strive for excellence, through hard work, determination and self-value, despite any challenges which may occur. MCPO 2 Walrond envisages the BDF developing towards a modern multidisciplinary military, while improving its service rendered to the people and Government of Barbados.

MCPO 2 believes and seeks to be humble and place God first in everything she pursues. She believes firmly in applying oneself to assigned tasks, to avoid the need to repeat them a second time.

BDF ‘s New Chapter Set To Purpose

BDF ‘s New Chapter Set To Purpose

BDF’s New Chapter Set To Purpose

BDF Media Release| September 1

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The Barbados Defence Force marked the appointment of its sixth Chief of Staff, Commodore (Cdre) Errington Shurland, with a Handover Ceremony at St Ann’s Fort, the Garrison. Cdre Shurland, is the Executive Director of the Regional Security System and the former Deputy Chief of Staff BDF, serving for over 30-years.

A graduate of the Britannia Royal Naval College in Dartmouth England, and the Command and General Staff College of the United States Army, Fort Leavenworth, Cdre Shurland will be the first naval officer to command the BDF.

In addition to a Master’s degree in Maritime Administration from the World Maritime University in Malmo, Sweden, he has represented Barbados at the Organisation of American States, the Inter American Defence Board, and the International Maritime Organisation and as a delegate at the United Nations.

For his continuous service to safeguard Barbados’ interests, he has received several decorations. These include, the Queen’s Jubilee Medal, the Governor-General’s Medal of Honour, the Services Medal of Honour, the General Service Medal and two Defence Board Commendations.

Ceremonial Handover of the BDF  by Colonel Glyne Grannum (R) to Commodore Errington Shurland (L)

Day Of The Seafarer 2021

Day Of The Seafarer 2021

Day of the Seafarer – A Message from Commander Mark Peterson

BDF Media Release| June 21

Photography: BDF Media

The contemporary security scene in the Caribbean is characterized by complexity, change, and challenge. These challenges can be manifested in its relatively large maritime geographic area, in addition to its vast interconnected sea lines of communication. The Caribbean Sea is ranked as one of the principal waterways in the world and covers an area of 2,515,900 square kilometres. In addition, the region dominates critical sea lines of communication, all converging at one of the world’s most prominent choke points, the Panama Canal. Therefore, increased maritime activities can pose a threat to coastal States as the region it is classified as having one of the most intensive maritime traffic sectors in the world.

The theme for 2021 Day of the Seafarer, “Seafarers: at the core of shipping’s future,” seeks to increase the visibility of the seafarers by drawing attention to the invaluable role they play now and will continue to play in the future. With 71 percent of the earth’s surface covered by the sea, it is axiomatic that more than 90 percent of global trade is conducted by way of the world’s oceans. Ships ply regional and international waters in growing numbers, increasing the opportunities for exploitation of vessels and seafarers.

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Thus, maritime security is pivotal to safeguarding international trade and preserving the safety of mariners. The areas from which ships and maritime operations need protecting include terrorism, piracy, robbery, illegal trafficking of goods and people, illegal fishing and pollution.

As the industry evolves and the Blue Economy grows, vigilance, enforcement, and training will have to keep up with technology and increased opportunity for threats. The Barbados Coast Guard shall play its part in creating a safe and secure maritime environment with emphasis on ensuring, in so far as is possible, that seafarers are better protected from the criminals that would do them harm, wherever threats are present. Through supervision, inspection and proactive procedures, the Barbados Coast Guard will continue its best to minimize threats to maritime safety and security.

HAPPY SEAFARER DAY

PER DEO, PER MARE!

Commander Mark Peterson is the Commanding Officer of the Barbados Coast Guard.

 

Commander Mark Peterson
Commanding Officer Barbados Coast Guard

BDF Receives $195, 000 In Maritime Equipment From US Embassy

BDF Receives $195, 000 In Maritime Equipment From US Embassy

BDF Receives $195, 000 In Maritime Equipment From US Embassy

BDF Media Release| June 21

Photography: BDF Media

U.S. Southern Command, donated vital maritime parts to the Barbados Coast Guard at a handover ceremony held at the Barbados Coast Guard Headquarters, HMBS PELICAN.

The donation, which is valued at approximately US$195,000, is part of the Caribbean Basin Security Initiative (CBSI) Foreign Military Financing Program and was led by the U.S. Embassy in Bridgetown with support from the U.S. Coast Guard’s Office of International Acquisitions Program. The maritime spare parts package will support multiple vessels previously donated by the U.S. Embassy’s Military Liaison Office and the Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs to the Barbados Coast Guard and will assist with future maintenance and operations to ensure capability to conduct maritime patrols, counter illicit-trafficking operations, and maintain border security.

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Chargé d’Affaires of the U.S. Embassy in Barbados, Joaquin Monserrate, noted that the handover ceremony reflects the long-standing commitment of the United States to Barbados and the region to support sustained peace and security. He added, “We are proud of the opportunity to continue to partner with the professional men and women of the Barbados Defence Force and Coast Guard.” Speaking on behalf of the Barbados Coast Guard, Commander Mark Peterson, said, “The donation is timely, well-received and will undoubtedly boost the Barbados Coast Guard’s maritime capacity. Barbados, allied with the United States, continue to play a pivotal role in maritime safety and security.”