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THE BARBADOS COAST GUARD

Command Element

Commanding Officer

Lieutenant Commander
Mark Peterson

Lieutenant Commander Mark Anthony Peterson joined the Reserve element of the Barbados Defence Force in 2000 after being a member of the Barbados Cadet Corps. He was selected to attend a Basic Officer’s Training Course in Trinidad and Tobago in 2001 and was awarded the coveted Baton of Honour for his outstanding performance on Course. Upon his return to Barbados in 2002, he was posted to the Barbados Coast Guard for basic training, before going to the Britannia Royal Naval College for 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...
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Lieutenant Commander  Mark Peterson

Lieutenant Commander Mark Anthony Peterson joined the Reserve element of the Barbados Defence Force in 2000 after being a member of the Barbados Cadet Corps. He was selected to attend a Basic Officer’s Training Course in Trinidad and Tobago in 2001 and was awarded the coveted Baton of Honour for his outstanding performance on Course.

Upon his return to Barbados in 2002, he was posted to the Barbados Coast Guard for basic training, before going to the Britannia Royal Naval College for 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. In 2005, he was the first Barbadian to attend a Special Operations Platoon Commanders 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. Lieutenant Commander Peterson’s next assignment was as Executive Officer on board HMBS RUDYARD LEWIS, the second new Damen Stan 4207 Offshore Patrol Vessel (OPV) to arrive in Barbados in December 2007. In 2009, he assumed command of the vessel as its Commanding Officer (CO). As CO, one of his first deployments was to the weight: 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 to the Caribbean.

In 2012, he attended the Naval Command Course at the People’s Republic of China Naval Command College. On completion of this course, he was posted to G3 (Staff Officer Operations and Training). He assumed command of the Barbados Coast Guard from February 2016 where he is currently employed.

Lieutenant Commander M Peterson holds a Diploma in Architectural Drafting, an Executive Diploma in Management and is pursuing an MSc in National Security and Strategic Studies at UWI, Mona. 

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
Austin Howell

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.
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Master Chief Petty Officer Class 1 Austin R Howell

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.

During his career, he completed his Junior NCO’s cadre in 1992, his SNCO’s cadre in 1997 and his Warrant Officer’s Course in Belize in 2013, where he was awarded best student. He also completed his Advanced Drill course in October 2016. Additionally, during his career, he attended several military courses both local and overseas,  namely, the Barbados commando course, the Martinique commando course, Advanced Jungle course in Dominica,  Internal Security Instructors course, Puerto Rico in 1994, Light wheeled Vehicle Mechanic course in the USA in 1997, Instructors development course in Puerto Rico in 2000, Range Authorization course in 2004, Divemaster in 2006,  and he also successfully completed an Underwater Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) course in the United Kingdom in 2007.

His military operational deployments include deployments to The Republic of Trinidad and Tobago in July 1990 during the attempted coup, Haiti in 1994 during the attempted coup and Grenada in 2004 during relief efforts after hurricane IVAN. He is the recipient of the Queen’s Jubilee Medal, The General Service Medal, the UN service medal and the Barbados Service Medal of honour.