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The Trinidad & Tobago Defence Force was formed as a prerequisite to Independence and in accordance with section 5 of the Defence Act 1962. The legal birth of the TTDF is June 1, 1962, when the Trinidad and Tobago Defence Act took effect. This legislation, Act No. 7 of 1962, was passed in the House of Assembly on July 27, 1962, and in the Senate on August 1962. The Trinidad Volunteers, formed on 3 June 1879, later called "The Trinidad Regiment", was disbanded in 1948. Hence, Trinidad and Tobago unlike Barbados and Jamaica did not have an existing regiment when it became independent in 1962. The Regiment was actually started out of the St. James Barracks with effect from 23 July 1962 and moved to Teteron Bay on 6 September of that year where the U.S. Government had vacated their facilities. It was created primarily from the 2nd Battalion of the West India Regiment (WIR) in Jamaica. Lt. Col. Pearce Gould served as overall commander of the TTDF for two years until 1964. In the case of the Trinidad and Tobago Coast Guard (TTCG), it was actually started at Staubles Bay on 1 June 1962 with 6 officers, including its commander, and 42 marine police who were given the option to transfer with no loss of benefits. Its first commander was Loftus E. Peyton- Jones. The vessels used were four small inshore patrol craft (Phillips, 1997). The Trinidad and Tobago Defence Force includes the Trinidad and Tobago Regiment, Trinidad and Tobago Coast Guard, from 2005 the Trinidad and Tobago Air Guard and the Defence Force Reserves.
 
 
The Trinidad and Tobago Defence Force Origin, Structure, Training, Security and Other Roles ( Author DION PHILLIPS)






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