By TANYA SMITH-CARTWRIGHT
The Royal Bahamas Defense Force is making progress in terms of modernization and efficiency after yesterday signing contracts for an audiovisual integration system and maintenance expert training for the maintenance of its fleet.
Multimedia Technology Ltd signed a contract with RBDF worth $ 939,619.10 to provide the force with an audio visual system.
“Currently, the decentralized operations of the Royal Bahamas Defense Force are at a disadvantage when ships are out of range of cell phones, patrolling our vast 100,000 square miles of sovereign waters,” National Security Minister Marvin Dames said.
“Although they are able to use expensive satellite phone systems for the audio connections, they are unable to transmit video footage. This new software now makes it possible to transmit both audio and video sequences in real time, according to any arrest, incident or operation. This information can be viewed and accessed at any command center under the Ministry of National Security in order to create a common operational picture for various law enforcement officials.
“As part of this contract, Multimedia Technology will install enabling technology on various RBDF satellite bases around the Bahamas, including Ragged Island, Inagua, RBDF and certain RBPF operations centers in and several areas of New Providence as part of a two year contract which is costing the government $ 939,619.10.
Rudolph Walker, CEO of Multimedia Technologies Ltd, said this system will connect all RBDF bases.
“This platform will be located at the base of Coral Harbor,” said Walker. “The purpose of this platform is to enable the Royal Bahamas Defense Force to establish secure connectivity with all of its remote bases. The network will be used to transport sensitive intelligence data within the organization as well as to provide connectivity to all relevant government agencies such as Royal Bahamian Police, NEMA, BPL, Customs, Immigration, etc. I would like to thank the Department of National Security and the Royal Bahamian Defense Force for the opportunity to partner with Multimedia Technology to provide these advanced technologies.
Yesterday, the RBDF also signed a service contract for more than $ 5.5 million with Damen Shipyards.
“This is an important undertaking, which has been preparing for some time. This contract worth $ 5,620,250 is not the last step in a great friendship, but rather the beginning of a partnership with which the government of the Bahamas has merged, ”said Mr. Dames.
“When the initial Project Sandy Bottom agreement between the Government of the Bahamas, VAN Oord and Damen Shipyard Group was signed in 2014, this important company ushered in a new era in the history of the Royal Bahamas Defense Force.”
He said that since that time many goals have been achieved through the partnership. These include the acquisition of nine new patrol and auxiliary craft, the refurbishment of two Bahama-class vessels, improvements and the construction of new piers, docks and breakwaters.
“We also completed warehouses and facilities, ramps, an operations center and workshops, and finally, a state-of-the-art ship deck simulator at the Coral Harbor base,” he said. he continued. “The impetus for signing today’s contract is the Defense Force Commander’s insistence on extending the readiness and useful life of the organization’s fleet by shifting from maintenance. in the event of a planned maintenance failure, underscored by this ongoing relationship with Damen Shipyard Group. “
Ruben Schot, regional director of services for the Damen shipyard for the Americas, said the signing was a continuation of a “relationship of trust”.
“The main purpose of the long-term service agreement is to enable the crew of the vessels to operate and maintain the systems of the vessels in a safe and technical manner,” said Mr. Schot. “The long-term service agreement further aims to help the ship crew in the transfer of knowledge as a training center with the key to becoming independent.
“Today marks the continuation of a relationship of trust between Damen Shipyards and the Royal Bahamas Defense Force and the commitment of both parties to protect the islands of the Bahamas and its people.
“We believe that the implementation of the current long-term service agreement has been achieved in such a way that the responsibilities and commitment are placed in the right place within the right organizations to ensure that the Royal Fleet Bahamas Defense Force will be ready for its missions depending on the main focus of knowledge transfer. I am convinced that this will take the service of the RBDF to another level.