ABOUT THE BARBADOS COAST GUARD
The Coast Guard Service was a civilian unit established in August 1974 and at that time it was located at Enterprise, Christ Church. The roles of the Coast Guard Service during that period were; Search and Rescue, investigating the illegal entry of persons and goods, while enforcing the law against the dynamiting of fish around the coastal waters of Barbados.
The Coast Guard Civilian Unit Service was dissolved in September 1978 and the Defence Act of 1979 (Part X) made provision for the creation of the Barbados Coast Guard as the maritime element of the Barbados Defence Force. Before 1979, the BCG was referred to as the Maritime Wing of the Barbados Regiment. It is under this Act that new and expanded roles were created for the Barbados Coast Guard (BCG).
BCG is responsible for the enforcement of provisions of every law relating to the regulation of any harbour or port of Barbados, quarantine, immigration, fisheries, territorial waters and economic zones, safety at sea, the detection and prevention of the contravention of laws relating to revenue and customs; the prevention or persons from boarding, holding or clinging on to any vessel without the permission of the master of the vessel, and, if necessary, the removal of any such person from the vessel. For the purposes of carrying out their duties, the members of the BCG have the same powers, authorities and privileges as are conferred by law on members of the Police Force. In accordance with the Defence Act, BCG has particular powers of arrest under 16 enactments of Law.
The motto of the Barbados Coast Guard is ‘Per Deo Per Mare’, which translates to “By God, By SEA”.
In 1981 HMBS WILLOUGHBY FORT was commissioned as the Barbados Coast Guard base and in 2007 it was de-commissioned when the new base, HMBS PELICAN was commissioned at Brandons, Spring Garden.
Commander Mark Anthony Peterson joined the Barbados Defence Force at the age of 18 after being a member of the Barbados Cadet Corps. He enlisted in March 2000 in the Barbados Regiment before being selected to attend a Basic Officer’s Training Course in Trinidad and Tobago in 2001. There, he was awarded the coveted Baton of Honour for his performance on course. Upon his return to Barbados in 2002, he was posted to the Barbados Coast Guard, before being shipped off to the Britannia Royal Naval College for his naval training. While at Dartmouth, he represented the College in football and cross country running. He was granted the distinguished privilege of escorting the Queen’s Colour for the graduation parade of a senior batch…….
Executive Officer (XO) Barbados Coast Guard
Lieutenant Commander Brathwaite joined the Barbados Defence Force in January 1997 where he served 3 years as a seaman ashore and afloat. He attended the Britannia Royal Naval College in 2000 and underwent his basic naval young officer’s training. On return to Barbados he served in several junior posts as a seagoing officer on-board the BCG’s lone OPV including Deck Officer, Navigation and Executive Officer of HMBS TRIDENT. Lieutenant Commander Brathwaite has held several other military appointments during his of service. These include Executive Officer HMBS TRIDENT – 2003 – 2007, Executive Officer HMBS LEONARD C BANFIELD – 2007 – 2008, Commanding Officer HMBS RUDYARD LEWIS – 2008 – 2014, Divisional Officer Operations – 2011 – 2012, Executive Officer (ag) BCG – 2014 – 2017..
Fleet Master Chief
Master Chief Petty Officer 1
Master Chief Petty Officer Class 1 Austin R Howell was born on 10 October 1970 and joined the reserve element of the Barbados Defence Force (BDF) in September 1987. He recruited and was transferred to the full-time element of the BDF in September 1989 and was posted to the then Commando Squadron at Paragon Base. He was promoted to the rank of lance corporal in December 1992, to the rank of corporal in August 1995; to the rank of sergeant in December 1999; to the rank of Chief Petty Officer in August 2007, to the rank of Master Chief Petty Officer Class 2 in August 2013 and Master Chief Petty Officer Class 1 in April 2017.