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Venezuelan-registered chopper damaged in failed GDF mission in Essequibo region

  A Venezuelan-registered helicopter, piloted by a former Venezuelan military intelligence officer, made a fiery landing on Mount Ayanganna while on a mission for the Guyana Defence Force (GDF), officials said. A GDF spokesman confirmed that the incident occurred in late May while the Alouette helicopter, bearing registration markings YV-3214, was taking a plaque and other items to Mount Ayanganna ...

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Guyana Defence Force Skyvans arrive

Almost one year after they were purchased by the Guyana Defence Force (GDF), two used Skyvan planes arrived Thursday and are expected to go into regular operation very soon unlike the two Britten-Norman Islander planes that remain grounded since they arrived, sources said. The army did not officially announce the arrival of the Skyvan aircraft, but sources said they touched ...

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Former soldier, convicted for drug trafficking, escapes from prison

A former Guyana Defence Force (GDF) soldier early Sunday morning escaped from the Lusignan Prison, police said. The escapee has been identified as 24-year-old John Lambert of 158 North Haslington, East Coast Demerara. He was serving a four-year sentence for possession of narcotics for the purpose of trafficking. Police said Lambert scaled the eastern fence of ‘holding bay 3’ at ...

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Gov’t asked to buy helicopter for search and rescue; ExxonMobil/Bristow helicopter support being explored

The Guyana government is being asked to fund the purchase of a heavy-lift helicopter to assist in search and rescue (SAR) operations, but meanwhile hopes that ExxonMobil’s helicopter service provider will be able to provide emergency assistance, a top official of the Guyana Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA) said Tuesday. GCAA Director-General, Egbert Field said a stakeholder group, which includes his ...

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Veteran Guyanese military officer Col. Martindale dies

President David Granger says he is “deeply saddened” at the death of Colonel Cecil Edgar Martindale MSS, MSM, ED, who died Saturday morning at the age of 93 in Toronto, Canada. Colonel Martindale’s military career started in 1948 when he enlisted in the British Guiana Volunteer Force (BGVF). Three years later, he was commissioned in the rank of Second Lieutenant. ...

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No evidence Lethem-based soldiers raped teenage girl

Even as the Guyana Police Force conducts further investigations into allegations that Guyanese soldiers stationed at Lethem raped a 17-year old girl, the Guyana Defence Force (GDF) said its own probe has found no evidence “The BOI (Board of Investigation) found no evidence to support that the allegations of rape occurred. However, the BOI was able to conclude that there ...

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