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.

COUNTER NARCOTICS SUCCESS

COUNTER NARCOTICS SUCCESS

Counter Narcotics Success

BDF Media Release| 18 February 2021

Photography and Story credit: BDF Media

The Barbados Defence Force’s maritime unit the Barbados Coast Guard (BCG), participated in a joint counter narcotics operation with the Royal Barbados Police Force and the Regional Security System .

The operation led to the interdiction of a quantity of illegal drugs (cocaine and marijuana), an illegal firearm and ammunition.

The operation was conducted approximately 8 nautical miles from Needham’s Point, St Michael. During the operation 6 males were apprehended. The BCG will continue to monitor and secure Barbados’ territorial waters in pursuit of our national security interests.

MARITIME MEDICAL EVACUATION

MARITIME MEDICAL EVACUATION

BCG Conducts Successful Medical Evacuation

BDF Media Release| 18 February 2021

Photography and Story credit: BDF Media

The Barbados Defence Force in its responsibility for the security and protection of life at sea, responded to a medical distress request approximately 5.8 nautical miles (nm) off of Barbados. The Barbados Coast Guard (BCG), Off-Shore Patrol Vessel (OPV) HMBS LEONARD C. BANFIELD, (LCB) conducted a medical-evacuation (MEDEVAC) of a 41-year-old male onboard an oil tanker, the EAGLE SAN JUAN.

The patient was assessed by the BCGs medical team and the Port Health authorities before being transported to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital (QEH) for further observations. Captain of HMBS LCB, Lieutenant Coast Guard (Lt (CG) Shawn Hazelwood, explained that due to the size of the oil tanker, it could not berth in the Bridgetown Port. He confirmed that all crew members and medical teams adhered to the COVID-19 protocols. Lt (CG) Hazelwood explained that this type of operation is one many multidisciplinary elements that the BDF trains for and executes.

CONGRATULATIONS SIR!

CONGRATULATIONS SIR!

Congratulations to

Lt Col Michael Jones!

BDF Media Release| 18 February 2021

Photography and Story credit: CARICOM IMPACS

The Chief of Staff, Colonel Glyne Grannum and all members of the Barbados Defence Force extend warm congratulations to Lieutenant Colonel (Lt Col) Michael Jones on his appointment as Executive Director of the Caribbean Community Implementation Agency for Crime and Security.

Lt Col Jones served with distinction as Deputy Director of the Joint Regional Communications Centre for 18 years. He was instrumental with the increase of strategic partnerships and its development to one of the most recognizable regional security operational entities throughout the Region.

Congratulations Sir!

SOL BARBADOS GIVES BACK

SOL BARBADOS GIVES BACK

Sol Gives Back Through Donation!

BDF Media Release| 18 February 2021

Photography and Story credit: BDF Media

The Barbados Defence Force in partnership with Sol Barbados Limited received a donation of 11,000 litres of fuel, with a retail value of $28,000.00 BBDS. Sol in its commitment to the Barbadian community and especially in these unprecedented times, continues to be a true-friend and corporate citizen in the fight against COVID-19. This fuel donation will assist the BDF to facilitate the distribution of care relief packages to vulnerable households in Barbados.

In response to the donation, Chief of Staff, Colonel Glyne Grannum stated, “For many years, Sol Petroleum (Barbados) SRL has been one of the Barbados Defence Force’s (BDF) foremost strategic partners. Loyal to their mission, values and promise in the fuel industry, the Sol Group has continuously contributed to the BDF’s mobility on land and at sea. During our fight against the unseen enemy, COVID-19, Sol understood and demonstrated their ability to be a team player and in the true sense of nationhood, made a considerable donation to augment the BDFs capabilities.  As I continue to lead the Force, I am truly comforted to know that in the face of many unknowns, the BDF has the necessary partners and corporate support to be effective”.

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Mr. Roger Barrow, General Manager of Sol Barbados reaffirmed the company’s commitment to the region, “We take our corporate responsibility seriously and are mindful of the vital role that our products and services play in ’Powering Journeys and Energizing Communities’ in which we operate. This is just our way of showing that we care and we will continue to support those organizations helping others when we can.”

Sol, the leading supplier of petroleum-based products and energy solutions in the region has championed various initiatives to provide contributions of over BBD$700,000 regionally towards supporting essential workers and charitable food bank organizations responding to these challenging times. We remain committed to further supporting our community, guided by our social investment pillars, education, sports, environment, and charities.

The Sol Group of companies, a division of the Parkland Family, operates in 22 countries across the Eastern Caribbean, Puerto Rico, Dominican Republic, Bermuda, Bahamas, Cayman, Belize, Guyana, Suriname, French Guiana, Martinique and Guadeloupe. Sol supplies fuels, lubricants, bitumen and LPG through an extensive service station network, with marine, aviation and commercial operations in the Caribbean.

Farewell Sir Tom

Farewell Sir Tom

Farewell Sir Tom

BDF Media Release| 2 February 2021

Photography and Story credit: BDF Media

Remembering Sir Tom Moore

The Chief of Staff, Colonel Glyne Grannum, with all ranks and civilian staff of the Barbados Defence Force, extend our sincerest condolences to the family of the late Colonel (retired) Sir Tom Moore.

As the world continues to fight against COVID-19, Sir Tom Moore raised more than $90 million (£33 million) in charity walks for the UK National Health Service (NHS).

Last December, members of the Force were honoured when he visited St Ann’s Fort and the Barbados Legion where he received honorary membership.

May he rest in peace and rise in glory.