BDF in Partnership with the EUREC4A

BDF in Partnership with the EUREC4A

BDF in partnership with EUREC4A

BDF Media Release| 22 Jan 20

Photography credit: Able Bodied Seaman Bryan T

The Barbados Defence Force in partnership with the French Institute for the Exploitation of the Sea (IFREMER) commenced a scientific campaign in the Caribbean Sea from 10 January – 29 February onboard the French oceanographic vessel the Atalante.

The research campaign called EUREC4A, will take place partly in the seas under the jurisdiction of Barbados. Its aim is to observe the ocean and atmosphere system in the western tropical Atlantic taking into account the hydrological and low-atmosphere observations at the ocean meso-scale.

Mr. Robbie Deane the director of deployment operation at Sail Drone, stated that they will be launching the last sail drone (SAILDRONE 1060) for the atomic partnership mission during the January phase of the project. This process is expected to last approximately 60 days for the first period and another 180 days for the second phase.

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Professor Karen Harewood, the principal scientist from the University of East England stated that this will be the first time they will be launching the drone AUTONAUT. She further mentioned that this type of research was being conducted in Barbados due its geographical location, as the most easterly Caribbean island.

The Barbados Defence Force in its partnership with the Sail Drone Company will provide a launch base and other support services to the project at the Barbados Coast Guard. Both drones will be monitoring different aspects such as wind speed, the speed of the water, solar radiation, water current and air temperature. The Barbados Coast Guard operational updates will be provided to all mariners to keep clear of the drones, via CH 16 VHF and 4.4478hz HF.

The team as expressed their satisfaction with the keen support provided by the Barbados Defence Force and envisages that this strategic partnership will be developed greater in the near future.

Follow the updates for this project via the following links:

NOAA Research News

EUREC4A Operational Center

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BDF Media Operations Course

BDF Media Operations Course

BDF Media Operations Course

BDF Media Release| 17 Jan 20

Photography credit: Corporal Maynard D 

The Barbados Defence Force in partnership with the United Kingdom’s Ministry of Defence conducted a Media Operations Course. The course was held at the Hodgson Hall Conference Room, St Ann’s Fort the Garrison and facilitate by Colonel (retired) Ronald McCourt.

The course was comprising of 20 participants including personnel from the Barbados Fire Service and Regional Security System, was focused towards equipping these strategic media operators with the skills and tools needed to achieve command intent. It is further envisaged that these skills would be employed when communicating both in Barracks and during operations.

The course was timetabled to include presentations, exercises and visits to media facilities such radio and television stations. They participants also received one – on – one tutorials with local journalists. This will equip them with methods of media interaction as a spokesperson, while enabling them to justify key messaging advice to members of command.

The Barbados Defence Force and the UK Ministry of Defence sees this opportunity to shape interagency relations, where the methods of media operations and engagements can be streamlined to meet optimum strategic success. 

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Tevyn Walcott Selected The Barbados Pride Senior Team

Tevyn Walcott Selected The Barbados Pride Senior Team

Tevyn Walcott Selected The Barbados Pride Senior Team

BDF Media Release| 3 Jan 20

Photography credit: Kenmore Bynoe | Bynoe Photography

The Barbados Defence Force proudly congratulates Barbados Defence Force Sports Programme Cricketer, Pioneer Tevyn Walcott on his selection to the Barbados Pride Senior Team. Walcott secured his place in the team after amassing a score of 175 runs during the trial games held recently at the Kensington Oval. The Barbados Pride Senior Team, captained by Mr Kraigg Brathwaite, will compete in the Regional 4-Day series against the Windward Islands at the Arnos Vale Pavilion, St. Vincent.
Pioneer (Pnr) Walcott, enlisted in the Barbados Defence Force Sports Programme (BDFSP) in 2014 and credits the Force for his mental, academic and physical development, as he continues to strive for excellence in his sporting and professional endeavors. Walcott went on to further express gratitude to his mentor and BDF SP cricket coach, Mr Alvin Greenidge, for encouraging him to join the programme and his consistent attention to his cricketing skills and development.
During the 2019 season, Walcott amassed 4 centuries and received the coveted Jeffrey Dujon award for the Best Overall Wicket Keeper. He has attributed his cricketing success while in the BDFSP to the structure of the programme which includes 4-hour coaching sessions rather than the 2-hour system found in local cricket clubs.
Walcott stated that he will continue to play cricket to the best of his ability to bring glory not only to the BDFSP and the BDF by extension, but also to Barbados and hopefully one day the West Indies. Walcott intends to enlist in the Officer Corps of the Barbados Defence Force at the completion of his cricketing career.

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Gold for Culinary Arts Team

Gold for Culinary Arts Team

Gold for Culinary Arts Team

BDF Media Release| 30 Nov 19

Photography credit: Corporal Maynard D 

The Barbados Cadet Corps Culinary Arts team were overwhelmingly successful at this year’s National Cultural Foundation (NCF) NIFCA Culinary Arts competition. The eight-member team ranging from ages 12 – 14 were trained by Lieutenant Natalie Haynes in 1-month receiving 1 gold, 2 silver and 1 bronze award. They were awarded gold for Best Lamb Seasoning, silver for their Tamarind Sauce, Mango Pepper Sauce and Tamarind Pepper Sauce and bronze for the creation of a mango passion custard.

The team comprising of Ethan Straughn, Chemar Holder, Dominic Blaze, Kyshawna Felix, Prince Conroy, Tanisha Knight, Nadeisha Brathwaite and Davian Holder, won the Barbados Diabetic award for their Diabetic Coconut Bread, made from Stevia extract and boasted zero calories.

The new chefs completed their winning streak when they captured the coveted Barbados Hotel Foods award by defeating the chefs from St Ann’s Fort and HMBS PELICAN in the highly competitive Combat Cooking Challenge.

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Bronze Medal for BDF

Bronze Medal for BDF

Bronze Medal for BDF

BDF Media Release| 30 Oct 19

Photography credit: Corporal Maynard D 

The Barbados Defence Force (BDF) hosted a Press Conference in recognition of its successes at the 7th International Military Sports Council (CISM) Games held this year in Wuhan China. During the Games, Private Kimberley Gittens won a bronze medal in the first ever installation of Boxing into the Games. Her BDF colleague, Recruit Sade Sealy, while performing out of her track and field season, placed fourth in the Women’s 800 Metre final.

The BDF’s participation and successes at the CISM Games are as a result of the contributions from its many stakeholders, including the Prime Minister’s Office, the Embassy of the People’s Republic of China and various sporting associations. Unquestionably, the discipline, desire and determination of the athletes themselves to put “Barbados on the map” is most praiseworthy and encouraging.

As a modernizing, multi-dimensional military organization, the BDF has gained some experience as a conduit for producing world-class athletes throughout its history. The BDF will nevertheless strive to make even greater contributions to the sporting landscape of Barbados.

Founded in 1948, CISM is one of the largest multidisciplinary organizations in the world. CISM organises various sporting events for the Armed Forces of its 136 member countries and is one of the global sports organizations in which the largest number of disciplines is represented. Servicepersons from across the globe, who may have previously met on the battlefield, now meet in friendship through sports (CISM’s motto).

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Sea Cadets Join ISCA

Sea Cadets Join ISCA

Sea Cadets Join ISCA

BDF Media Release| 25 Oct 19

Photography credit: BDF Media

The Barbados Cadet Corps (BCC) Sea Cadet Corps application to the International Sea Cadet Association (ISCA) was unanimously accepted this month in Sweden following its presentation by Cadet Executive Officer Major Pedro Drakes and the Training Officer of the Sea Cadets Sub-Lieutenant Wayne Beckles. The BCC Sea Cadet Unit joins 20 other countries around the world as a member of the association.

The International Sea Cadet Association (ISCA) is a voluntary association of independent Sea Cadet Corps or similar organizations who are committed to common concepts and goals, information training and benefits of engaging in cadet exchanges. This provides mutual support for the promotion of sea cadet training world-wide.
The ISCA aims at encouraging young people towards high personal standards, teamwork and a sense of responsibility to the community through the medium of disciplined nautical training and development of leadership qualities. Additionally, it further aims at developing young minds to have an appreciation of the importance of the sea to international commerce, defence and the protection of the environment.

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