Lieutenant Commander Mark Anthony Peterson joined the Reserve element
of the Barbados Defence Force in 2000 after being a member of the
Barbados Cadet Corps. He was selected to attend a Basic Officer’s
Training Course in Trinidad and Tobago in 2001 and was awarded the
coveted Baton of Honour for his outstanding performance on Course.
Upon his return to Barbados in 2002, he was posted to the Barbados
Coast Guard for basic training, before going to the Britannia Royal
Naval College for naval training. While at Dartmouth, he represented the
College in football and cross country running. He was granted the
distinguished privilege of escorting the Queen’s Colour for the
graduation parade of a senior batch. After completing naval training, he
was posted to HMS ANGLESEY for further Officer of the Watch training.
There he was attached to the UK’s Fishery protection fleet deployed in
the English Channel and the North Sea before returning home to serve in
the Barbados Coast Guard.
In the Barbados Coast Guard, he has served on board the flagship HMBS
TRIDENT as Navigation Officer and Officer in Command of the Small Boat
Flotilla. In 2005, he was the first Barbadian to attend a Special
Operations Platoon Commanders Course in the People’s Republic of China.
On completion of this Course, he was posted to the Force’s Training
Company as Training Officer for Recruit Intakes 1/2005 and 1/2006.
Lieutenant Commander Peterson’s next assignment was as Executive Officer
on board HMBS RUDYARD LEWIS, the second new Damen Stan 4207 Offshore
Patrol Vessel (OPV) to arrive in Barbados in December 2007. In 2009, he
assumed command of the vessel as its Commanding Officer (CO). As CO, one
of his first deployments was to the weight: Summit of the Americas
where they were part of a multi-national task group responsible for the
safety and security of President Barrack Obama on his inaugural visit to
In 2012, he attended the Naval Command Course at the People’s
Republic of China Naval Command College. On completion of this course,
he was posted to G3 (Staff Officer Operations and Training). He assumed
command of the Barbados Coast Guard from February 2016 where he is
Lieutenant Commander M Peterson holds a Diploma in Architectural
Drafting, an Executive Diploma in Management and is pursuing an MSc in
National Security and Strategic Studies at UWI, Mona.