JDF Workshop (JDF W)
Jamaica Defence Force Workshop has evolved from the Military Workshop of
the West Indian Regiment of pre-Independent Jamaica. Noteworthy, during
the British rule, the Military Workshop of the West Indian Regiment was
located at the present site of the Jamaica Constabulary Force Transport
and Repairs Department (across the road from The Queen’s Gate, on Arthur
was responsible for the repairs of carriages and the making of accessories
for horses; maintenance of weaponry; and welding and metal fabrication.
Workshop also concurrently perform carpentry duties with the then
Engineering Unit dealing with the woodwork aspect of vehicle repairs,
repairs of tables, desks, chairs and benches for the church.
independence, the JDF Workshop was raised up and relocated to its present
site, in Lathbury Barracks, Up Park Camp. Although the location has changed,
the functions of the workshop are essentially the same, and in some regards
On a daily
basis, the JDF uses equipment, machinery, weapons and vehicles. The
effectiveness of the JDF depends on the reliability of its equipment as well
as the skills of its members. The JDF Workshop is required to perform an
essential role in the regular inspection, maintenance and modification of
mechanical, electrical and aeronautical items to ensure they are always
ready for action.
be found in the JDF Workshop are as follows;
Vehicle Mechanic Shop
Motor Vehicle Transmission Repairs Shop
Vehicle Electrical Shop
Vehicle Welding and repairs Shop
Painting and Spray Shop
Radiator Repairs Shop
Woodwork and Joinery Shop
Metal Fabrication Shop
Small Engine repairs Shop
Telecommunications and instrument department
departments are supported by the general store that procures all required
equipment and spares through the JDF Supply Depot.
Workshop’s logo was adapted from the Royal Electrical and Mechanical
Engineers (REME). It depicts a Unicorn standing on its hind legs on the
globe, with a crown on its head and a chain around its neck in front of a
lightning strike and a banner with ‘REME’ written in the background. The
logo was slightly modified to suit the newly raised JDF Workshop and the
Banner now reads ‘JDF EME’.
maintained by rigorous training, locally and internationally, in the
traditional REME fashion.
JDF W conducts mainly first line repairs on vehicles and
equipment. Its main Workshop and a Light Aid Detachment are in Up Park Camp but forward
repair teams are established at various military bases around Jamaica.