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.
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..