Today, we highlight the various outposts which have been manned by members of the Royal Bahamas Defence Force since its existence. As the organization celebrates 40 years of service to the country, the force has been mandated to guarding and protecting over 7,000 square feet of territorial waters, exclusive economic zones, and archipelago baselines and a purported 2,222 islands, cays and rocks. To achieve this task, the men and women have been decentralized throughout the country. The RBDF has the responsibility of manning various outposts throughout these Bahama Islands from as back as 1980. The definition of an ‘outpost’ is explained as “A detachment of troops stationed at a distance from the main force or formation, usually at a station in a remote or sparsely populated location.” These outposts are manned by a smaller group of the main force’s personnel who work on a rotational system spanning anywhere from a minimum of four weeks to any
desired amount of time.
Many of the outpost duties have since been suspended over the years. They include:
Cay Sal (1980 – 1994)
Gorda Cay (1988 – 1994) which is now known as Castaway Cay since 1996.
Gun Cay (1988 – 1994)
Buccaneer Point (1982 – 1986)
Learner Mariner Base (1988 – 1994)
West End Detachment (1988 – 1989)
The RBDF is very much active in various outposts to this day; their military presence is now visible throughout the country on several of the family islands. These include: The Exuma Land & Sea Park, HMBS Matthew Town, Ragged Island, Bimini, Abaco and Grand Bahama.
The Royal Bahamas Defence Force is made up of dedicated men and women who continue to protect the territorial waters from poachers, migrants and any individual whose intent is to perform illicit maritime activities.