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THE BARBADOS COAST GUARD

Command Element

Commanding Officer

Commander
Mark Peterson

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…….
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Lieutenant Commander  Mark Peterson

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. After completing naval training, he was posted to HMS ANGLESEY for further Officer of the Watch training. There he was attached to the UK’s fishery protection fleet deployed in the English Channel and the North Sea before returning home to serve in the Barbados Coast Guard.

In the Barbados Coast Guard, he has served on board the flagship HMBS TRIDENT as Navigation Officer and Officer in Command of the Small Boat Flotilla, the premier operational arm of the Unit. In 2005, he was the first Barbadian to attend a Special Operations Course in the People’s Republic of China. On completion of this course, he was posted to the Force’s Training Company as Training Officer for Recruit Intakes 1/2005 and 1/2006. Commander Peterson’s next assignment was as Executive Officer on board the second new Offshore Patrol Vessel to arrive in Barbados in December 2007. In 2009, he assumed command of the vessel at the age of 27, becoming one of the youngest Commanding Officer in Barbados’ history. As CO, one of his first deployments was to the Fifth Summit of the Americas where they were part of a multi-national task group responsible for the safety and security of President Barrack Obama on his inaugural visit as well as other visiting dignitaries. He was awarded the General Service Medal for service rendered to the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago.

In 2012, again he was the first Barbadian to attend the Naval Command Course at the People’s Republic of China Naval Command College. On completion of this course, he was posted as Staff Officer Operations and Training from January 2013 to 15 February 2015. Thereafter, he assumed command of the Barbados Coast Guard from 16 February 2015 where he is currently employed.

Commander M Peterson is a qualified French Commando, a Range Conducting Officer, USCG trained Boarding Officer, Law of Armed Conflict Instructor and US Navy trained diver, among others. He is the recipient of the Defence Board Commendation, the General Service Medal (5th Summit of Americas), the General Service Medal (Glendary), the Barbados Service Medal of Honour and the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal.

Commander M Peterson holds a Diploma in Architectural Drafting, an Executive Diploma in Management from UWI Cave Hill and a MSc with distinction in National Security and Strategic Studies from UWI Mona. He is married with 2 sons.

 

Executive Officer (XO) Barbados Coast Guard

Lieutenant Commander

Derrick Brathwaite

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..

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Lieutenant Commander Derrick A Brathwaite

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
    Commanding Officer (ag) – 2017 – present

 

He has also participated in several overseas operational deployments mainly in a humanitarian assistance and disaster relief capacity. The main ones of note are Grenada (2004) and Dominica (2015) as an immediate response to severe weather systems impacting on those countries.

Lieutenant Commander Brathwaite is a French Qualified Commando, search and rescue planner and USCG trained Boarding Officer. He holds a BSc (UWI) and a Master of Military Science (MMSc) Degree from the Peoples Liberation Army (Navy) of China.

 

Fleet Master Chief

Master Chief Petty Officer 1
Ryan Nurse