The Trinidad and Tobago Defence Force (TTDF), established in 1962 under the Defence Force Act 14:01, holds a multifaceted mandate. Its primary responsibilities include defending the sovereign good of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago, cooperating with civil authorities to maintain law and order, and offering assistance during crises or disasters. Additionally, the TTDF conducts ceremonial functions on behalf of the state and provides vital services such as search and rescue operations, which encompass preventing trafficking of illegal goods, monitoring shipping safety in national waters, and contributing to national development efforts.

Comprising the Trinidad and Tobago Regiment, the Trinidad and Tobago Coast Guard, the Trinidad and Tobago Air Guard, and the Defence Force Reserves, the TTDF stands as the guardian of Trinidad and Tobago’s security. Since its inception following the nation’s independence from Great Britain, the TTDF has grown into one of the largest military forces in the English-speaking Caribbean. Guided by a mission to defend national sovereignty, foster community development, and support national and international objectives, the TTDF operates under the Ministry of National Security’s oversight, with its unique distinction being the world’s only Military steelband.

At the helm of the TTDF stands the Commander in Chief, the President of Trinidad and Tobago, currently Christine Kangaloo. Assisting in the strategic direction is the Chief of Defence Staff, Air Vice Marshal Darryl Daniel, succeeding Rear Admiral Hayden Pritchard upon his retirement in March 2019. This leadership ensures the TTDF remains steadfast in fulfilling its pivotal role in safeguarding the twin island republic’s interests and security.


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The Trinidad and Tobago Defence Force Headquarters (DFHQ), located at #1 Airways Road in Chaguaramas, serves as the central administrative and command center for the country’s military operations, overseeing the Regiment, Coast Guard, Air Guard and Reserves. Situated in a strategic location overlooking Chaguaramas Bay, it plays a pivotal role in ensuring national security and defence.