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BDF essential to country’s development, says PM


Prime Minister Freundel Stuart (left) and Nadia Rouse cheer after unveiling a plaque naming the BDF cricket pavilion after her father, Clyde ‘Onee’ Rouse.

The Barbados Defence Force (BDF) ended a week of observing its 36th anniversary with a parade and awards ceremony at Paragon Base yesterday, where Prime Minister Freundel Stuart spoke of its crucial role in the country’s development.

Following a parade of troops, Stuart, whose office holds responsibility for defence, took a march past and salute, presented Special Services Medals of Honour, awarded Warrants, and commissioned the pavilion of the cricket ground.

The Prime Minister told members of the Force – which was established on August 15, 1979 – that its role in spearheading national security serves to safeguard interests of modern Barbados, and promote its values as the path to prosperity.

“There cannot be any real and sustained development without the existence of a safe, secure and stable environment. You, the loyal men and women of the BDF, contribute significantly to this enduring national endeavour,” Stuart said while delivering the feature address.

Stuart went on to unveil a plaque naming the base’s cricket ground after its long-standing but now departed groundsman Clyde ‘Onee’ Rouse. The Prime Minister was assisted in this ceremony by Onee’s daughter, Nadia Rouse.


3 Responses to BDF essential to country’s development, says PM

  1. Collin Colliie Chase
    Collin Colliie Chase August 16, 2015 at 4:29 pm

    This is great.

  2. Alex Alleyne August 16, 2015 at 10:30 pm

    ONEE, one of the “better groundsman” of his time in BDS. Also knew the game of cricket ,,,,,,, “tall”.

  3. jrsmith August 17, 2015 at 8:57 am

    Dear , Mr , priminister, there is a reason, which seems to slip your memory , that you are called the priminister , please do something, for a change. use the BDF to help combat crime, they have a better chance than the BPF to get the guns off our streets. let them do the stop and search along with the police.


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