A Bahamian fishing vessel was apprehended by Her Majesty’s Bahamian Ship (HMBS) Leon Livingstone Smith under the command of Lieutenant Commander Henry Daxon on Thursday 2nd October 2014 for Fisheries and Immigration violations.
While on routine patrol HMBS Leon Livingston Smith apprehended a fifty three foot (53-foot) Bahamian fishing vessel, Miss Keffie with nine (9) persons on board. Miss Keffie was intercepted approximately five (5) nautical miles off Damas Cays in the area of Cay Sal with an undetermined quantity of scale fish and six (6) crew members who were not properly documented. These crew members consisted of one (1) Haitian national and five (5) Dominicans. The vessel and occupants were subsequently arrested by Defence Force Marines and escorted to Coral Harbour Base on Saturday 4th October, 2014, to be handed over to the appropriate authorities for further processing. Authorities will also investigate the immigration status of the six (6) foreign nationals found aboard the Bahamian fishing vessel. The F/V Keffie was captained by Mr. Kendrick Morley of New Providence, Bahamas.
HMBS Leon Livingston Smith is a newly acquired patrol craft that was commissioned on 19th September, 2014. The 142-foot vessel is named after the first Bahamian Commander Defence Force, Commodore Leon Livingstone Smith (retired).
The Royal Bahamas Defence Force remains committed to “Guarding Our Heritage” and the sovereignty of the Commonwealth of the Bahamas.