REMEMBERING THE SINKING OF THE HMBS FLAMINGO

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10 May 1980 was a date that is etched in the collective memories of Bahamians.  The Royal Bahamas Defence Force was just about six weeks old when out on patrol near Ragged Island, they were set upon by Cuban Migs and sunk.  Four men disappeared under the ocean wavs and were not seen again.  The four men who would not ever see their thirtieth birthdays were: Fenrick Sturrup, Austin Smith, Edward Williams and David Tucker.  Observances were held at the Royal Bahamas Defence Force base, led by the Deputy Prime Minister Chester Cooper in the absence of the Prime Minister who was in London at a speaking engagement on climate change.  We thank those four men for their service and may they rest in peace.