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


The GDF was formed on November 1, 1965. Members of the new Defence Force were drawn from the British Guiana Volunteer Force , Special Service Unit (SSU), British Guiana Police Force BGPF and civilians. Training assistance was provided by Britishmarker 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 officer and soldiers. Basic training is done within GDF training schools, which has also trained officers and soldiers from Commonwealth Caribbeanmarker territories. However, Officers are trained at two of the world-renowned British officer training schools: Royal Military Academy Sandhurstmarker (Infantry Training) and Britannia Royal Naval Collegemarker (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.

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.

Army Equipment

APC EE-11 Urutu


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

Aircraft Inventory

The GDF operates 3 aircraft, and three helicopter.

Obsolete Aircraft


GDFS Essequibo Mine sweeper (UK)
  • 1 River patrol boats - 890 tons full load - commissioned 1985
  • 4 T-44 patrol boats - 18 tons full load


  1. "World Military Aircraft Inventory", Aerospace Source Book 2007, Aviation Week & Space Technology, January 15, 2007.

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In service
Bell 412 transport helicopter 412 1 In service since 1984.
Bell 206 JetRanger utility helicopter 206B 2 In service since 1976.
Harbin Y-12 Panda utility transport Y-12 1
RotorWay Exec 162F light helicopter 162F 1 In service since 2004.
Short Skyvan utility transport SC-7 Skyvan 3M 1 In service since 1979.

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