RBDF Photo shows: Media team interviewing Captain Adrian Chriswell, Acting Captain Coral Harbour during their tour of the coastline on board patrol craft P-129 on May 28, 2018. (RBDF Photo by Marine Seaman Wellington Ramsey)

The Royal Bahamas Defence Force organized a sea trip for interested media houses today. Two Defence Force patrol craft P-129 and P-45, coxswained by Petty Officer Brian Anderson and Sub Lieutenant Themo Berkley respectively, took 7 media representatives to get a first-hand view of the southern coastline of New Providence. The aim of the trip was to enable members of the Press to experience and appreciate one aspect of the many environments in which the Defence Force operates.

Accompanying the Press members were Captain Adrian Chriswell, who is the Acting Captain of Coral Harbour Base (as of 6 April 2018). He is responsibile to the Commander Defence Force for the day-to-day management of all air, land and sea operations and supporting departments. Along with Captain Chriswell was Lieutenant Commander Carlon Bethel, the Squadron Commanding Officer with responsibility for all patrol craft operations.

On completion of a two-hour voyage on choppy seas, arrangements were made for media personnel to go on a land trek to various areas patrolled by Defence Force personnel along the southern coastline. However, the invitation was declined.

While at sea with the media crew, the Defence Force received reports of a sailing vessel with migrants on board near the Exuma chain.  The vessel was later intercepted by another Defence Force vessel that was on patrol in the Exuma Cays..

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