Historical Reunion, Help Needed – Decommissioned US Naval Base in Barbados
My name is Jamal Haynes, I’m a Fire Officer here in Barbados and also part of the Reunion Committee for the decommissioned US Naval Base in Barbados. The base was built by the Construction Battalions (Seabees) of the United States Navy at Harrison’s Point, St. Lucy.
Naval Facility Barbados was commissioned 1 October 1957. One of the many underwater listening stations that were part of the Sound Surveillance System (SOSUS) which were used to track Soviet submarines and was decommissioned on 31 March 1979.
The Officers and personnel stationed there have a great love and fond memories of the island, even though most have not returned since their tour of duty was over. As you can imagine, most are well into retirement and would love to return to Barbados.
A reunion has been scheduled for early June 2011 and The Barbados Beach Club has offered a great rate for the group to stay there. Among the activities planned; A tour back to the Naval Base and by request, a BBQ with location to be determined.
With the help of Retired Officers, facebook.com, MCB7 naval newsletter and an online blog, we have been making contact to get the word out about the reunion. Now for the part where your help is needed. There was also local civilian personnel at the base that we would like to get in contact with, to let them know of the reunion and also to keep them up-to-date.
For more information, feel free to contact me. Thank you in advance for taking the time to read this email and for all help rendered.
NavFac Barbados Reunion Committee