World Library  
Flag as Inappropriate
Email this Article

Guyana Defence Force

Article Id: WHEBN0004219477
Reproduction Date:

Title: Guyana Defence Force  
Author: World Heritage Encyclopedia
Language: English
Subject: Guyana, David A. Granger, River-class minesweeper, Bell 412, Walter Rodney
Collection: Military of Guyana, Military Units and Formations Established in 1965
Publisher: World Heritage Encyclopedia

Guyana Defence Force

Guyana Defence Force
GDF Emblem
Founded 1966
Commander-in-Chief Donald Ramotar
Minister of Foreign affairs Carolyn Rodrigues-Birkett
Chief-of-Staff Brigadier Mark Phillips
Military age 16 years of age for selection process, 17 years of age is actual serving age (As of 2007)
Reaching military
age annually
(2005 est.)
Budget 456,000
Percent of GDP 5.8% (2010)
Foreign suppliers  United States
 Soviet Union (former)
 United Kingdom

The Guyana Defence Force (GDF) is the military service of Guyana.


  • History 1
  • Role of the GDF 2
  • Motto 3
  • Organization 4
  • Army Equipment 5
    • Infantry Weapons 5.1
    • Armored vehicles 5.2
    • Artillery and Mortars 5.3
  • Aircraft Inventory 6
    • Former Aircraft 6.1
  • Navy 7
  • References 8
  • External links 9


The GDF was formed on November 1, 1965. Members of the new Defence Force were drawn from the British Guiana Volunteer Force (BGVF), Special Service Unit (SSU), British Guiana Police Force BGPF and civilians. Training assistance was provided by British instructors.

The GDF is an integral part of the Guyanese nation. Resources and equipment of the GDF are used to help other Guyanese; examples include medical mercy flights and the construction of roads and airstrips by the Engineering Corps.

Enlistment into the Force is Voluntary for officers and soldiers. Basic training is done within GDF training schools, which has also trained officers and soldiers from Commonwealth Caribbean territories. However, Officers are trained at two of the world-renowned British officer training schools: Royal Military Academy Sandhurst (Infantry Training) and Britannia Royal Naval College (Coast Guard Training).

The training and skills gained by the members of the GDF have been used when they move either into civilian life or into the sister military organizations, the Guyana People's Militia (now the Second Infantry Battalion Group Reserve) and the Guyana National Service.

Guyana Defence Force Flag
Guyana Defence Force Flag
GDF Force Colour
GDF Force Colour
GDF Presidential (or State) Colour
GDF Presidential (or State) Colour
Emblem on the GDF Colours
Emblem on the GDF Colours

Role of the GDF

  • Defend the territorial integrity of Guyana.
  • Assist the civil power in the maintenance of law and order when required to do so.
  • Contribute to the economic development of Guyana.


The motto of the Guyana Defence Force is "SERVICE".


Roundel of the GDF
  • 1st Infantry Battalion group
  • 2nd Infantry Battalion group (Reserve)
  • 1 Special Forces Company
  • 1 Support Weapons Company
  • 21st Artillery Company
  • Engineer Battalion
  • 41st Construction Company
  • 42nd FD Company
  • 43rd EME Company
  • Signals
  • Headquarters
  • Defense Communication Center
  • Signal Center and Switchboard
  • Technical Workshop
  • School of Signals
  • Technical Stores
  • Military Band
  • Medical Corps
  • Air Corps

Army Equipment

Infantry Weapons

Armored vehicles

Artillery and Mortars

Aircraft Inventory

The Defence force air wing was formed in 1968 and was then renamed the Guyana Defence force air command in 1973. Seven Britten-Norman BN-2A Islander were delivered over a five-year period in the 1970s and then were supplemented by Short Skyvans series 3Ms in 1979. In 1986 3 Mil Mi-8 were delivered. The GDF currently operates two fixed-wing aircraft and four helicopters.

Aircraft Origin Type Versions In service [1] Notes
Transport and Liaison Aircraft
Short Skyvan [2][3][4]  United Kingdom Utility Transport SC-7 Skyvan 3M 1 In service since 1979.
Harbin Y-12 Panda  People's Republic of China Utility Transport Y-12 1 In service since 2002.
Bell 206 JetRanger  United States Utility Helicopter 206B 2 In service since 1976.
Bell 412 [5]  United States Utility Helicopter 412 1 In service since 1984.
RotorWay Exec 162F  United States Light Helicopter 162F 1 In service since 2004.

Former Aircraft

Aircraft Origin Type Versions In service[1] Notes
Transport and Liaison Aircraft
Beechcraft Super King Air  United States Transport and Patrol Aircraft King Air 200 1 In service from 1975 to 1992.
Britten Norman Islander [6]  United Kingdom Transport and Patrol Aircraft BN-2A 7 In service from 1971 to 2001.[7][8][9] One (8R-GES) crashed on the 15th of December 1986 and another (8R-GFN) was destroyed in a crash on the 6th of January 2001.[10][11]
Cessna 182  United States Liaison Aircraft 182J Skylane 1 In service from 1982 to 1994.
Cessna 206  United States Transport and Patrol Aircraft U206G Stationair 1 In service from 1975 to 1995.
Embraer EMB 110 Bandeirante  Brazil Transport Aircraft 110P 1 In service from 1984 to 1994.
Helio Super Courier  United States Liaison and Patrol Aircraft H-295 Super Courier 3 In service from 1968 to 1971.
Aerospatiale Alouette III [12]  France Utility Helicopter SA-319B 2 In service from 1975 to 1982.
Bell 212 [13]  United States Utility Helicopter 3 In service from 1976 to 1994.
Mil Mi-8  Soviet Union Transport and Utility Helicopter Hip 3 In service from 1985 to 1991.


GDF Coast Guard Emblem

The Guyana Defence Force Coast Guard is the naval component of the Guyana Defence Force.

  • GDFS Essequibo Mine sweeper-River class (UK) United Kingdom
  • 1 River patrol boats - 890 tons full load - commissioned 1985
  • 8 T-44 patrol boats - 18 tons full load
  • 1 Kimbala class LCU  Holland


  1. ^ a b "World Military Aircraft Inventory", Aerospace Source Book 2007, Aviation Week & Space Technology, January 15, 2007.
  2. ^ "Video footage of the 8R-GRR Skyvan shortly after landing (piloted by Mike Rogers)". 2008-01-23. Retrieved 2013-01-21. 
  3. ^ "Photo of the GDF Short SC-7 Skyvan, 8R-GGK (". 2008-12-07. Retrieved 2013-01-21. 
  4. ^ "Article with exterior and interior photos of the 8R-GGK Skyvan". 2007-04-06. Retrieved 2013-01-21. 
  5. ^ "Article about the Bell 412 and other GDF aircraft at the Guyana Times website (with a larger resolution photograph of the Bell 412 in flight]]". 2012-02-09. Retrieved 2013-01-21. 
  6. ^ "Historical photograph of the BN-2A Islander, code 8R-GEE (post in discussion thread at Key Publishing Ltd. forums)". 2009-01-10. Retrieved 2013-01-21. 
  7. ^ "Video footage of the 8R-GFN Islander while it was still operating". 2008-01-24. Retrieved 2013-01-21. 
  8. ^ "Video footage of the 8R-GFN Islander while it was still operating". 2008-01-24. Retrieved 2013-01-21. 
  9. ^ "Video footage of the 8R-GFN Islander while it was still operating". 2008-01-24. Retrieved 2013-01-21. 
  10. ^ "Overview of accidents and crashes of Guyanese civilian and military aircraft". 2013-01-11. Retrieved 2013-01-21. 
  11. ^ "Photo of the tail section of the crashed GDF BN Islander 8R-GFN". 2013-12-14. Retrieved 2013-01-21. 
  12. ^ "Historical photograph of the GDF Aerospatiale Alouette III, 8R-GEL (post in discussion thread at Key Publishing Ltd. forums)". 2006-03-25. Retrieved 2013-01-21. 
  13. ^ "Historical photographs of the GDF Bell 212 (post in discussion thread at Key Publishing Ltd. forums)". 2009-01-12. Retrieved 2013-01-21. 

World aircraft information files Brightstar publishing file 344 sheet 2

External links

  • Official website
This article was sourced from Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License; additional terms may apply. World Heritage Encyclopedia content is assembled from numerous content providers, Open Access Publishing, and in compliance with The Fair Access to Science and Technology Research Act (FASTR), Wikimedia Foundation, Inc., Public Library of Science, The Encyclopedia of Life, Open Book Publishers (OBP), PubMed, U.S. National Library of Medicine, National Center for Biotechnology Information, U.S. National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health (NIH), U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, and, which sources content from all federal, state, local, tribal, and territorial government publication portals (.gov, .mil, .edu). Funding for and content contributors is made possible from the U.S. Congress, E-Government Act of 2002.
Crowd sourced content that is contributed to World Heritage Encyclopedia is peer reviewed and edited by our editorial staff to ensure quality scholarly research articles.
By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. World Heritage Encyclopedia™ is a registered trademark of the World Public Library Association, a non-profit organization.

Copyright © World Library Foundation. All rights reserved. eBooks from Project Gutenberg are sponsored by the World Library Foundation,
a 501c(4) Member's Support Non-Profit Organization, and is NOT affiliated with any governmental agency or department.