The Times UK 
Photography credit:  Lcpl Bellamy C

Last Post! World War 2 Veteran Squadron Commander Cecil Owen Ellison (Reveille 28 Sept 1919 – Last Post 30 Sept 2018, age 99)  The Barbados Defence Force honoured World War 2 Veteran, Squadron Commander Cecil Owen Ellison’s wish to be interred in the Military Cemetery.  Owen Ellison was one of the last survivors of the Royal Air Force’s (RAF) lesser-known but most successful campaigns of the Second World War: the mining of the River Daube between April and October 1944.  This action disrupted the supply of oil from Romania to Germany.

He flew 42 operational sorties during the war against targets across Europe. He remained in the RAF and was later involved in secret missions to parachute agents into North Korea. He was promoted to Squadron Leader in 1954 and retired in 1959.  After leaving the RAF, Ellison was employed by a firm of book publishers as its salesman in the Caribbean. His duties brought him to Barbados where he eventually resided and married Jean Edgehill, a native Barbadian.

In Barbados he bought a guesthouse with 12 bedrooms called Sunset Lodge, which he ran as a business. In 1965 he sold Sunset Lodge but managed a chain of hotels for a Canadian company such as Discovery Bay, Tamarind Cove, the Colony Club and Coconut Creek.  Squadron Commander Ellison was renowned for his dance moves on the local hotel circuit and was affectionately known as “commander”.






BDF Media Release| 30 SEPT 18
Photography credit:  Lt S Gollop, Cpl K Boyce

As Barbadians continue to prepare and brace for the passing of unpredictable Atlantic weather systems, the Barbados Defence Force (BDF) continues to plan, train and coordinate.

This ensures the capability and capacity to assist interagency partners in responding to any worst-case scenarios which may emanate.

The Force has a multidimensional role in local and regional disaster response. The training and preparation of the BDF were recently tested during the passage of Tropical Storm Kirk (TS Kirk). The BDF rescued 15 persons (including a pregnant lady, 2 children and 3 senior citizens). BDF personnel also conducted damage assessment, reconnaissance tasks and debris clearances.


Prime Minister, the Honourable Mia A Mottley Q.C, M.P and Chief of Staff Colonel Glyne Grannum touring the severly flood affected areas due to the passage of Tropical Storm Kirk.






BDF Media Release| 06 AUG 18
Photography credit:  Lcpl Bellamy C, OS Matthews Ifill J

Discipline, Honest and Integrity, Loyalty, Determination, Courage, Respect for Self and Others; these are the core values of the Barbados Defence Force and formed the bedrock of the Chief of Staff, Col Glyne Grannum’s address to the 53 Regular and Reserve recruits who passed out from training on Saturday 6 October 2018.

The Pass Out Parade and Sunset Ceremony was the climax of 21 weeks of arduous training for the recruits and marked their point of transition into the ranks of the Barbados Defence Force. The Parade was held at the St Ann’s Fort the Garrison Saturday 6 October 2018, to an appreciative audience of family and friends and receptive Command and Enlisted ranks.

Chief of Staff Colonel Glyne Grannum inspecting the Recruits.






GIS| Joy Springer  20 AUG 18
Photography credit:  Lt M Jemmott

Members of the Barbados Defence Force (BDF) today began a five-month assignment at the Geriatric Hospital, Beckles Road, St. Michael, which will significantly upgrade the physical conditions for the 286 residents.

Hospital Manager, Heather Payne-Drakes, said that the BDF’s involvement in the project was facilitated by Minister of Health and Wellness, Lt. Col. Jeffrey Bostic, who is a former member of the BDF.

Mrs. Payne-Drakes welcomed “the fantastic partnership” between the hospital and the BDF, noting: “As you can see, the facility is quite dated. Right now we have some leakage, some windows that are out and some doors that are not functioning. We expect that at the end of the renovations the entire ambiance of the hospital will be transformed.

“We expect that it will be a lot more pleasant for the patients and staff; the colours will be changed and we will not have those environmental issues that accompany the deterioration of the plant,” she said.

Mrs. Payne-Drakes disclosed that to facilitate the work, some patients have had to be relocated to other sections of the hospital. She advised family and friends wishing to visit to contact the Nursing Administration Unit at 228-2597 so that they could be directed to the appropriate ward.


Major Lubin Maxwell, the BDF’s Building Rehabilitation Project Manager, is in charge of the work on site. He said his team of 18, including masons, plumbers, electricians, painters and general workers, was working with a team of artisans from the Ministry of Health and Wellness.

“The scope of work is to renovate and rehabilitate the wards, both internally and externally, with work on each block scheduled to last 20 weeks.”

Major Maxwell said that while the BDF officers would take a break to facilitate their involvement in the upcoming Remembrance Day and Independence Day Parades, the work will continue during that period with the artisans from the Ministry of Health and Wellness.

He said that the BDF officers were very appreciative of the contribution made to Barbados in the past by the elderly population and were honoured to be part of a project to improve their quality of life.

BDF personnel restoring the Geriatric Hospital.

US Supports BDF PAHO Field Medical Facility Type 2

US Supports BDF PAHO Field Medical Facility Type 2

US Supports BDF PAHO

Field Medical Facility Type 2


US Embassy Barbados | 14 SEPT 18
Photography credit:  Lt S Gollop

The United States Embassy, through its Military Liaison Office, will partially fund the development of an Emergency Medical Team (EMT) Level 2 Capability Project within the Barbados Defence Force as part of a Pan American Health Organization and World Health Organization proposal. EMT Level 2 Capability will afford the Barbados Defence Force the capacity of providing basic surgical expertise, life support services and ancillary services.

The project will support countries of the Eastern Caribbean by creating a high quality and flexible rapid deployment team that can triage and treat patients in the shortest possible time in case of major medical emergencies, as well as respond to the health consequences of climate change related disaster and other public health threats.

This support, totaling approximately US$760,000 of an approximately US$1.2 million total cost, will cover medical equipment, consumables, and logistics equipment to our partners, and is just one part of a broader, enduring commitment to our friends and neighbors in the Caribbean. United States Ambassador to Barbados, the Eastern Caribbean and the OECS, Linda Taglialatela, stated that “this isn’t just a commitment by the United States…it’s a commitment shared by all like-minded nations in the Caribbean…a commitment to work together to advance prosperity, security, and stability across our hemisphere.” She added, “We look forward to working with the Pan-American Health Organization, the Barbados Defence Force, and other partners to make that shared goal a reality.”

 Commander Elizabeth Booker, Senior Defense Official/Defense Attaché U.S. Embassy Bridgetown, Barbados Defence Force Chief of Staff, Colonel Glyne Grannum, U.S. Ambassador to Barbados, the Eastern Caribbean, and the OECS, Linda Taglialatela, Dr. Godfrey Xuereb, PAHO/WHO and Lt Colonel Florence Gittens 

BCG Celebrates 11 Years of HMBS PELICAN

BCG Celebrates 11 Years of HMBS PELICAN

BCG Celebrates the

Commissioning of the HMBS PELICAN

11th Anniversary


BDF Media Release | 11 SEPT 18
Photography credit:  AB Bryan T

The Barbados Coast Guard (BCG) celebrated the 11th Anniversary of the commissioning of the HMBS PELICAN with a parade and church service at the White Park Wesleyan Holiness Church on Sunday 9 September 2018. The Chief of Staff, Colonel Glyne Grannum was the principal guest and was afforded a salute at the post-service March Past.

Commanding Officer (Ag) BCG, Lieutenant Commander Derrick Brathwaite, during his address reminded those in attendance of the responsibilities of being the maritime unit of the Barbados Defence Force. The BCG’s responsibilities include the enforcement of provisions of every law relating to the regulation of any harbour or port of Barbados, quarantine, immigration, fisheries, territorial waters and economic zones, safety at sea, the detection and prevention of the contravention of laws relating to revenue and customs; the prevention or persons from boarding, holding or clinging on to any vessel without the permission of the master of the vessel, and, if necessary, the removal of any such person from the vessel. For the purposes of carrying out their duties, the members of the BCG have the same powers, authorities and privileges as are conferred by law on members of the Police Force.

In her sermon, Reverend Esther Willoughby encouraged BCG, the wider BDF and the congregation to put God first in everything, including in the at times dangerous work on the seas. She also reminded the congregation of the BDF’s core values of integrity, loyalty, selfless service, commitment to duty, disciple, respect and courage, drawing reference to their biblical underpinnings.

SLt Chrispen Hackett presenting the BCG Ensign to Rev. Joel Cumberbatch