The Royal Bahamas Defence Force is saddened by the loss of Marine Seaman Joevonte Miller, who passed away on June 23, 2022.Miller grew up on the island of Exuma in the settlement of Black Point where he was loved and cherished by family and friends alike. He attended the Black Point All Age School in 2001 and graduated with honors in 2012; he later relocated to New Providence where he attended Doris Johnson High School in 2012 and successfully completed his secondary education in 2014.Possessing an enthusiastic interest in the maritime industry, Miller later focused his attention to the Gadites Maritime and Navigational Institute where he achieved his Standard of Training Certificate and Watchkeeping (STCW) and Captain B license at the age of eighteen. Being naturally passionate and ambitious, he then seeked to further his knowledge in the maritime domain at the Professional Yachtmaster Training Institute in Fort Lauderdale Florida in 2016. While enrolling at the maritime institute he would’ve undoubtedly accomplished many feats, such as: Master of Yachts Limited 200 Ton Certificate, VHF Radio Operator Certificate and Master of Yachts Limited 200 Ton Power.Eager to showcase his skills and knowledge of the maritime domain, Miller then seeked a lifestyle to become a military professional. On January 8, 2018 he enlisted in the Royal Bahamas Defence Force as a Marine Recruit and a proud member of New Entry 55 Woman Entry 24. He and 119 recruits set out on a grueling and challenging mission to become full fledged marines and service men to country after a 17 weeks program. After successfully completing his New Entry training, Marine Seaman Miller was drafted to the seagoing area of the force known as the Squadron Department where he became a member of HMBS P- 45. While serving onboard this platform he diligently executed his duties as a deckhand, radio operator and quartermaster. Being a versatile marine, he was then tasked with duties during the global COVID-19 pandemic as curfew operator working in conjunction with the Royal Bahamas Police Force. Miller was highly respected by his superiors and peers for his outstanding performance while serving. He is a Father of one daughter and also a recipient of the Minister of National Security and Commander Defence Force Commendation Awards.The Commander Defence Force, Commodore Dr. Raymond King extends sincerest condolences on behalf of the members of his Executive Command, Officers, Senior Enlisted, and Junior Enlisted of the Royal Bahamas Defence Force, to the family members, loved ones, and friends of the late Marine Seaman Joevonte Miller.May God’s grace and richest blessings help the family find comfort and peace during their time of bereavement.