BARBADOS MILITARY HISTORY
The Barbados Volunteer Force came into existence.
June | Barbados Volunteer Force’s first Ceremonial Parade with the troop from Leicester for the King’s birthday.
English Leicester Regiment left Barbados.
January | West Indian Regiment left Barbados for service abroad
Barbados Volunteer Force provided aid in St Lucia.
Two officers and eight sergeants attended King George’s Coronation.
February | First Trooping of the Colours.
16th April | Trooping of the Queen’s Colour.
1st January | Barbados Regiment was reorganized.
3rd May | Colonel of Regiment Parade
2nd June | Queen’s Birthday Parade
27th October – 3rd November | Diamond Jubilee Celebrations of the Barbados Regiment
March | First Barbadian appointed Adjutant of the Barbados Regiment; Major Leonard C Banfield.
29th November |Major Banfield courageously climbed a flagpole to free a stuck halyard, after the fire and police could not ascend.
30th November | First parade as an Independent Country, Garrison Savannah.
The Barbados Defence Force (BDF) was established August 15, 1979, and has responsibility for the territorial defence and internal security of the island. The headquarters for the Barbados Defence Force is located at St. Ann’s Fort base at The Garrison, Saint Michael.
Barbados Regiment called to assist with the Greneda Intervention. Brigadier Rudyard Lewis led the assisting troops.
July | Decompression Chamber was commissioned into service. It was the only one in the English speaking Caribbean at the time.
THE BDF aided in relief for Hurricane Gilbert relief aid to Jamaica, Antigua and Barbuda, St Kitts and St Lucia
THE BDF aided in relief for Hurricane Luis relief aide to Jamaica, Antigua and Barbuda, St Kitts and St Lucia