BDF’s Capacity Increased In COVID-19 Fight

BDF’s Capacity Increased In COVID-19 Fight

BDF’s Capacity Increased In COVID-19 Fight

BDF Media Release| 19 October 21

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The Barbados Defence Force in its support to the national COVID-19 fight, received a donation of a Nissan Urvan from Courtesy Garage Limited. This donation will ably assist the BDF in its efforts to support the vaccination drive and patient collections. Chief of Staff, Commodore (Cdre) Errington Shurland, received the donation on behalf on the BDF.

During the presentation ceremony, Cdre Shurland mentioned that this donation gives testimony to the corporate and social-partnership needed to see the people of Barbados through this pandemic. He went on to state that, the vehicular asset will be placed into operational use immediately, to augment the logistical requirements in the management and maintenance of the public health threat.

Anthony Ali, Managing Director of Courtesy Garage, said that the company was proud to join the national effort in the fight against COVID-19. He went on to mention that this donation was successful through the support of partnering companies. They were, Hanschell Inniss Limited (Ltd), McBride Caribbean Ltd, Goddard Enterprises Ltd, HIPAC Ltd, Marshall Trading Ltd, Caribbean Label Crafts Ltd. Precision Packaging Incorporated, Goddard’s Catering Group, Ground Services, Purity Bakeries and Terrific Tiles.

Maritime Sustainability Through Joint Training

Maritime Sustainability Through Joint Training

Maritime Sustainability Through Joint Training

BDF Media Release| 8 October 21

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The Barbados Defence Force (BDF) in collaboration with the Ministry of Maritime Affairs and the Blue Economy, Division of Fisheries, recently concluded the Fishing Vessel Operations Course 2021. The course, facilitated by the BDF maritime unit, the Barbados Coast Guard (BCG), catered to participants from the BCG, the Barbados Regiment, Barbados Cadet Corps and the Royal Barbados Police Force. The aim of the Course was to improve and train on enhanced methods of fishing vessel operations, while coordinating inter-agency synergies, geared towards the protection and security of Barbados’ Blue Economy.  Subject matter covered but not limited to included; Crew Management, Safety Of Life At Sea, Voyage Preparations, Towing Drills, Communications and Maritime Law Enforcement.

Commanding Officer of the Barbados Coast Guard, Commander (Cdr) Mark Peterson in his Closing Ceremony remarks, stated that this course was a basis of what is needed to safeguard the island’s Blue Economy, particularly from a Macro perspective.

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He added that these efforts, assist the Government of Barbados to attain its national objectives and remains one of the most important purposes for interagency partnerships and existence. Cdr Peterson explained that maritime operations are currently being conducted in a volatile, complex and ambiguous environment, compounded by the global pandemic.

The BDF Fishing Vessel Operations Course highlighted the fact that in this multifaceted environment, inclusive of multiple stakeholders with common objectives, success is even more underpinned by the three (3) C’s; collaboration, coordination and communication. These courses and partner – agency training reinforces the commitment to reduce the inherent vulnerabilities of maritime security, to secure our blue economies are absolute for sustainable development.

This Course demonstrates that partner – synergies, augmented by coordinated training, indicates that all threats are not necessarily transnational in nature, but relates to any hazard that poses a threat or risk to the economic fabric of our country.

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)

BDF Preserving The Leaf-toed Gecko

BDF Preserving The Leaf-toed Gecko

Preservation and Rehabilitation of the Leaf-toed Gecko

BDF Media Release| July21

Photography: BDF Media

The Barbados Defence Force in its environmental responsibility, partnered with the Ministry of Environment and National Beautification, to preserve and rehabilitate the leaf-toed gecko which is endemic to Barbados.

The endemic Leaf-toed gecko (Phyllodactylus pulcher) was rediscovered in 2011 after several decades of being assumed extinct. The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) assessed the leaf-toed gecko was as critically endangered in 2017. Subsequent studies have indicated low densities in small areas of limestone cliff habitat on the north and south east coasts of Barbados.

The population found on the cliffs at Paragon Military base is of significant importance to the survival of the species, and based on the rehabilitation efforts of the Ministry and its stakeholders, there has been unified efforts by means of assistance in securing the habitat as this work by the Ministry of Environment and National Beautification is carried out.

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Field research with the Honourable Adrian Forde M.P., Minister of Environment and National Beautification, Mr Connor Blades – researcher, Captain P Alexander and Lieutenant S Gollop

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

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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