Coral Harbour Base, 18 APR. ‘20 (RBDF): – The Royal Bahamas Defence Force continues its support with the National COVID 19 Task Force and Emergency Orders to prevent community spread generally and specifically in New Providence, Abaco, Grand Bahama and Inagua. Additionally the organization continues its commitment to border security against transnational threats.

The Royal Bahamas Defence Force wishes to advise the general public that its aircraft and vessels continue to operate in much needed capacities, whether transporting other law enforcement officials, community leaders, and/or individuals as is consistent with the urgency of the matter throughout the Commonwealth of The Bahamas.

 During these moments of heightened health risks and concerns; medical screening on departure and arrival, wearing of personal protective equipment, sanitizing of vessel/aircraft pre and post operation and other particular medical protocols are strictly adhered to.

Moreover, flight transport decisions are based on priority, nature of request, and emergency regarding service to the various family Island communities that the Defence Force is proud to be a part of.

Specifically, contrary to a recent social media voice note reference the Royal Bahamas Defence Force transport of Inagua residents to Matthew Town; those residents were afforded the community service due to the passing of the passenger’s mother and relative in Inagua in need of critical items, given that no other air flight options were available. Further, the passenger flown to New Providence was a Law Enforcement agent stationed in Matthew Town, Inagua.

The Royal Bahamas Defence Force will continue to serve in a manner that respects humanity, embraces scientific findings and keeps the health and wellbeing of its employees and the people of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas at its forefront.

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