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.

SEARCH AND RESCUE SUCCESS

SEARCH AND RESCUE SUCCESS

Another Successful Search and Rescue

BDF Media Release| 18 February 2021

Photography and Story credit: BDF Media

The Barbados Defence Force (BDF) maritime unit the
Barbados Coast Guard (BCG), conducted a successful Search and Rescue operation for
three (3) fishermen experiencing mechanical difficulties fourteen (14) nautical miles off
the Bridgetown Port, onboard the Pride and Joy, X320.

The BDF continues in its mandate to ensure the safety and security of Barbados’ interests
on land and sea.

WORLD DOWN SYNDROME DAY

WORLD DOWN SYNDROME DAY

We Decide! World Down Syndrome Day

BDF Media Release| 18 February 2021

Photography and Story credit: BDF Media

In recognition of World Down’s Syndrome Day, members of the Barbados Defence Force (BDF) rocked their socks for the #LotsOfSocks campaign.

NATIONAL REMOTE VACCINATIONS SUPPORT

NATIONAL REMOTE VACCINATIONS SUPPORT

National Remote Vaccinations Centre

BDF Media Release| 18 February 2021

Photography and Story credit: BDF Media

The Barbados Defence Force in its partnership with the Ministry of Health and Wellness have commenced conducting remote COVID-19 vaccination centres.

During a vaccination session at the St Paul’s Primary School, Officer-in-Charge of the BDF Vaccination Unit, Major David Clarke stated that the focus will be on the communities which have been identified as “hot zones” through. He explained that, the use of these remote centres, will provide the MoHW with greater reach to access and vaccinate communities, and in particular persons over the age of seventy (70) and those living with non-communicable diseases (NCDs).

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.