The Antigua and Barbuda Defence Force (ABDF) commissioned its newest unit, ABDF AIRWING and aircraft, ALPHA 1 today. This newest unit expands the capabilities of the Force in providing Security and Support services to the nation.

ABDF AIRWING Logo | Photo Credit: ABDF

The small 9 seat aircraft enables the Force to offer aerial support across the Tri-Island state in Disaster/Emergency Response, Search and Rescue Support, Medevac, and Maritime Space Surveillance among others.

Successful operations include a recent Medevac from Barbuda of a COVID 19 patient who was in severe distress and could not be quickly extracted via sea.

The complete round trip, including the pick up of the patient by ambulance in Antigua, took less than 45 minutes in total.

The short ceremony was attended by the Governor-General, H.E. Sir Rodney Williams, the Attorney General, Hon. Steadroy Benjamin, Minister of Aviation, Hon. Sir Robin Yearwood, among other guests from local and regional partners.

The event culminated in a flyby by the aircraft, and a reception catered by ABDF Catering Department.

ABDF Airwing’s motto is “Sparing Nothing Giving ALL”.