RBDF probe after videos purport to show RBDF marines partying during lockdown

The Royal Bahamas Defence Force (RBDF) is investigating claims that some of its marines were present at a vulgar party that purportedly took place over the holiday weekend, while the country was supposed to be on lockdown.

Videos and voice notes made rounds on social media on Sunday depicting a group of people at a pool party, even as everyone in the country was ordered to remain within the confines of their own property during the weekend.

The RBDF said any officers found to have been involved will face consequences.

“The Royal Bahamas Defence Force is aware of the video and audio messages circulating on social media that purports to be newly promoted RBDF marines amongst others ignoring COVID-19 assembling protocols,” the RBDF said in a statement.

“Video imagery is being investigated to ascertain if individuals recorded were actual RBDF personnel. All guilty parties will be dealt with accordingly.”

However, the RBDF said the decision to rescind the advancement of a group of officers was not connected to the incident.

“The RBDF dispels the myth that the accompanying list of RBDF personnel whose advancement were rescinded that is making its rounds with the videos are in any way related,” it said.

“The public is discouraged from the further circulation of this list in any disparaging format to prevent slandering of named individuals.”

A memorandum dated May 29 and signed by Captain Michael D. Simmon contains the names of 12 officers whose advancement “is to be rescinded effective immediately”.

No explanation was provided. Commodore Raymond King did not wish to speak to the matter yesterday, saying it was an internal matter and HR had not yet spoken to the officers.

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Rachel Knowles

Rachel joined The Nassau Guardian in January 2019. Rachel covers national issues. Education: University of Virginia in Charlottesville, BA in Foreign Affairs and Spanish

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