Defence Headquarters, 13 Aug. ‘23 (RBDF: In a collaborative operation between Operation Bahamas Turks and Caicos (OPBAT), the United States Coast Guard (USCG), Royal Bahamas Defence Force (RBDF), and officials from the Turks and Caicos Islands (TCI), intercepted a total of 145 Haitian migrants on August 13, 2023. Upon apprehension, the migrants were provided with essential medical care, sustenance, and accommodations. Presently, they are being transported to the Turks and Caicos Islands.
Two service members from the Turks and Caicos Islands are actively involved as sea riders onboard HMBS Bahamas, contributing their expertise and cooperation to the mission’s success. This successful interdiction marks the second interdiction under the Ship Rider Agreement, signed by both nations in 2022. The Agreement facilitates cross-border cooperation, enabling law enforcement personnel from one country to conduct operations aboard vessels of the other country for specific law enforcement purposes. In this instance, the collaborative efforts underscore the unwavering partnership between the United States, Turks and Caicos Island and the Bahamas, emphasizing their shared commitment to maritime security and law enforcement operations.
Commodore Raymond E. King is steadfast in his commitment to fostering enhanced collaboration between the Royal Bahamas Defence Force (RBDF) and local law enforcement agencies, as well as regional partners. Through joint operations and proactive information sharing, these strategic alliances serve as force multipliers, effectively addressing both existing and potential challenges.
The RBDF remains dedicated to the pursuit of excellence in guarding our heritage. We are committed to upholding the highest standards as we protect and preserve the rich legacy that defines our nation.