Celebrating 38 Years of Strength Through Unity

BDF Media Release| 30 October 2020

Photography and Story credit: BDF Media Team

Thirty-eight years ago today, four OECS countries signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Barbados signaling the creation of the Regional Security System, the most successful security alliance in the history of the modern Caribbean. At that time Antigua and Barbuda, the Commonwealth of Dominica, St Lucia, St Vincent and the Grenadines and Barbados agreed to provide mutual assistance on request to respond to the security challenges of that period.  By 1985, Grenada and St Kitts and Nevis joined as well. In the nearly 4 decades since then, the RSS has evolved significantly and today still represents an effective, relevant and respected defence and security mechanism. The MOU was upgraded to a treaty in 1996.

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Today (29 October 2020) we acknowledge the visionary wisdom and thank the architects of the RSS for their leadership and determination in creating, building and developing the RSS as an operational entity that upholds its Member States values and defends and secures their collective and interdependent interests.  We also recognize and thank all those who have served the alliance over the years, through its 10 Member States’ Forces. Appreciation is also extended to the RSS’ strategic partners – nation states, agencies and organisations, regionally and worldwide. 

Congratulations to the Executive Director, the staff of the Headquarters of the RSS and to all military and police personnel of the Member States Forces who currently serve, having taken the proverbial baton from the generation prior. BDF continues to recognize the RSS’ worth and fully accepts the responsibility to serve through the strength of unity.