Jamaica Defence Force

Acting Commanding Officer First District Jamaica Defence Force Coast Guard

Lieutenant Commander Alvin R Gayle

Lieutenant Commander (Lt Cdr) Alvin Gayle is the acting Commanding Officer of the First District Jamaica Defence Force Coast Guard (1st Dist JDF CG); a post he has held since July 2020.

He was born in the parish of St. Catherine, Jamaica.  He attended the St. Jago High School.  After graduating in July 2004, he enlisted directly into the Jamaica Defence Force (JDF).

He successfully completed Initial Officer (Surface Warfare) Course at the Britannia Royal Naval College – Dartmouth UK and received a Queen’s Commission in the rank of Sub-Lieutenant in the JDF.  Lt Cdr Gayle is a graduate of the University of the West Indies, Mona, the Command and Operations School United States Coast Guard Academy and the United States Naval War College.

Lt Cdr Gayle has held several significant appointments ashore and at sea throughout his career.  At sea he has served in the following appointments onboard Her Majesty’s Jamaica Ships: namely Navigating Officer, Executive Officer and Commanding Officer.  Lt Cdr Gayle has participated in operations in Eastern and Central Caribbean, Central, South and North America and Europe.  Ashore Lt Cdr Gayle has seen appointments as the Training Officer and Operations Officer at the 1stDist JDF CG, Chief Navigation Instructor Caribbean Military Maritime Training Centre (CMMTC) and Commandant of CMMTC.

Lt Cdr Gayle has also served at the Headquarters JDF as the SO1 J1 (Personnel and Administration) before taking command of the 1st Dist JDF CG.

Throughout his career Lt Cdr Gayle has participated in several military courses to include Search and Rescue Operators Course, Boarding Officers Course, Potential Commanding Officers/Executive Officer’s Course and Defence Resource Management Course.

Lt Cdr Gayle holds a Master of Science degree in Security and Strategic Studies and a Master of Arts in Defence and Strategic Studies.

He is a recipient of the General Service Medal with Clasp.