The Royal Bahamas Defence Force successfully launched its Operation Marlin Spike Decisive Phase on July 19 at the Bahamas National Trust Retreat.
Operation Marlin Spike is a Defence Force-led initiative designed to heighten public awareness
of Defence Force duties and activities in safeguarding the people of The Bahamas, especially in
the areas of marine and environmental protection, which play a vital role in the future of the
The Defence Force also revealed its dedicated telephone number, 1-242-424-9414, for reporting
suspicious activities within The Bahamas’ maritime domain.
The ongoing campaign, which also has the support of other governmental and non-governmental
organizations, encourages public support in reporting illicit activities in the maritime and
environmental communities.
A series of meetings designed to enlighten public awareness were held with relevant
organizations and interest groups during the roll-out phase in 2017.
Presentations during the decisive phase were led by Lieutenant Commanders Derrick Ferguson
and Carlon Bethel, who both illustrated situations in which the Royal Bahamas Defence Force
has been successful in its operational duties as a result of Operation Marlin Spike.
They also gave successful updates on the official Operation Marlin Spike Facebook Page, the
Defence Force’s Facebook Page and other social media outlets for messaging or posting
inquiries, commendations and concerns.
Commander Defence Force, Commodore Tellis Bethel, acknowledged the success of Operation
Marlin Spike during the past year. According to Commodore Bethel, the Defence Force was able

to apprehend poachers and migrants in Bahamian waters as a result of information received from
concerned residents.



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