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Col. Omar Khan is acting Chief-of-Staff; Brigadier Bess returns next week

The Guyana Defence Force (GDF) on Monday said Colonel Omar Khan is acting Chief-of-Staff because the substantive Chief of Staff Brigadier Godfrey Bess and the Colonel General Staff, Julius Skeete have been given approval to pursue training overseas. Acting Chief-of-Staff, Brigadier Godfrey Bess will return to office next Monday, 3rd July, 2022, at the end of a three-week residency of ...

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Soldier in fireworks explosion dies

One of the nine soldiers injured in the fireworks explosion on the weekend at the Guyana Defence Force (GDF) Coast Guard headquarters died on Sunday morning, the Ministry of the Presidency said. Corporal Seon Ross 21331 succumbed to his injuries at the Georgetown Public Hospital Corporation (GPHC) where he was receiving treatment following an explosion on Saturday around 1:30 pm ...

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Fireworks explosion that injured soldiers “completely unexpected” -Granger

President David Granger Saturday afternoon said a fireworks explosion that injured nine soldiers was not expected as they are highly trained and safety measures were used. “The Defence Board and the Defence Force will ensure that every possible measure [is in place] for the recovery of the injured soldiers. I have spoken with the families. It is something which is ...

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GDF cancels fireworks display after explosion injures several soldiers, damage pyrotechnics

The Guyana Defence Force (GDF) late Saturday afternoon announced that the fireworks display to usher in the country’s 50th Republic anniversary has been cancelled due to shock and injuries that several soldiers sustained during an explosion of the pyrotechnic devices that were to be used for the fireworks display. “This is due to the fact that while ranks of the ...

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Soldiers injured in fireworks explosion

Guyana’s 50th Republic Anniversary observance was marred by the injury of several soldiers on Saturday when pyrotechnic devices exploded while they were being offloaded at the Coast Guard headquarters of the Guyana Defence Force (GDF), a source confirmed. At least one of the soldiers was hospitalised in critical condition, a source confirmed. Ahead of an official GDF statement, sources said ...

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GDF needs patrol vessels, helicopters for oil sector

The Guyana Defence Force (GDF) is asking for money to buy helicopters and boats to meet the challenges of an oil and gas state, even as President David Granger says the country’s oil-rich maritime zone faces a serious threat. “As the force continues this transformative process, ocean patrol vessels for the coast guard are necessary, helicopters for the air corps ...

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Former army chief Mark Phillips is PPPC prime ministerial candidate

The main opposition People’s Progressive Party (PPP) says its Central Committee unanimously picked former Chief-of-Staff of the Guyana Defence Force (GDF), retired Brigadier Mark Phillips as its prime ministerial candidate. Mr Phillips will run alongside PPP presidential candidate Irfaan Ali at the upcoming March, 2020 general elections. The PPP highlights Mr Phillips’ “long and distinguished career” of four years in ...

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GDF officer arrested for drug, gun possession

A senior Guyana Defence Force (GDF) coast guardsman has been arrested allegedly with an illegal gun and a quantity of marijuana in his possession, police said. The GDF said Lieutenant Dominique Gilpin has since been interdicted from duty and investigation has been launched. The GDF says it has launched an investigation into the arrest and detention of Gilpin. “As is procedure, ...

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