The Royal Bahamas Police Force first established an ‘Airwing Section’ in 1964, operating chartered private aircraft. Its main role was surveillance and air patrol, to discourage illegal immigrants and poachers from entering Bahamas territorial areas. In the late seventies and early eighties the detection of drug trafficking was added to its mandate.
In 1991 the Section acquired its first owned and operated aircraft, a Piper Navajo. A second Navajo was obtained soon afterwards. These aircraft were retired in 2002 and put into open storage without replacement.
Circa 2009 the Section was reorganised and renamed the Air Support Service Unit. In 2009 a new Cessna 208 Grand Caravan was taken into service. Roles now include VIP Transport, Police personnel transport, Search and Rescue support, prisoner transport and border patrol.
|1964||RBPF Police Airwing Section established.|
|1991||Airwing renamed Air Support Service Unit.|
|1991||First aircraft delivered.|
|2009||Cessna 208 Grand Caravan delivered.|
The aircraft of the RBPF are fully operational.
No plans known.
Aircraft carry ‘ROYAL BAHAMAS POLICE’ titles on the fuselage sides, a small national flag on the fin and the Police crest under the cockpit.
Aircraft Serial Numbers
Aircraft operating with RBP originally carried serial numbers prefixed by RBPF, e.g. Piper Navajo RBPF-1, but more recent aircraft carry Bahamas civil registrations, e.g. Grand Caravan C6-PFA.
Coding system not used.
None – Manufacturers designations used
Current Aircraft Inventory
|Aircraft Type||Total Del’d||Total Active||Still on Order||Role|
|Cessna 208B Grand Caravan||1||1||0||Transport|
All-Time Aircraft Used List
|Aircraft Type||Quantity||Service Entry||Out of Service||Origin|
|Piper PA-31 Navajo||2||1991||2002||USA|
|Cessna 208B Grand Caravan||1||2009||current||USA|
Aircraft NOT Used
No false reports known.
Aircraft Losses and Incidents
Lynden Pindling International Airport (LPIA), Nassau, Bahamas.
No subordinate units.
Current Unit Assignments
No subordinate units.
Historical Unit Assignments
All-Time Flying Units List
Current Air Bases
The aircraft is based at Nassau International Airport.
All-Time Air Bases Used List
To be added