Defence Headquarters, 15 July 23 (RBDF): Female military divers from the Royal Bahamas Defence Force (RBDF) embarked on a dive to commemorate PADI’s (Professional Association of Diving Instructors)Women’s Dive Day near the sunken patrol craft HMBS Port Nelson, which has been transformed into an artificial coral reef. Located just six miles from the southwestern shore and on the edge of “the wall” that drops to 6 thousand feet deep, off New Providence on the Great Bahama Bank, the dive offered an opportunity for the divers to enhance their skills in dive physics, dive medicine, and practical operations drills. Led by Force Chief Petty Officer Thomas Williams, the dive team included Sub Lieutenant Farquharson, Leading Woman Jamie Cleare, Leading Woman Anishka Bonaby, and Woman Marine Thompson and Johnson. The dive concluded with a display of the RBDF Ensign, symbolizing their achievement.

Military divers are indispensable assets integrated into all areas of the Royal Bahamas Defence Force. They fulfill critical roles in underwater operations, encompassing reconnaissance, search and recovery, salvage, and explosives detection, and contributing to the achievement of military objectives. Notably, Leading Woman Anishka Bonaby etched her name in history as the RBDF’s pioneering female military diver, exemplifying the demanding physical training requirements for this remarkable accomplishment.

As we celebrate Women’s Day in The Bahamas, we recognize the remarkable progress in the development of women within the RBDF. The RBDF has made significant strides in promoting gender equality and empowering women to excel in diverse roles. Today, women serve as officers, enlisted personnel, and in specialized units, making invaluable contributions to our nation’s defense and security. Their dedication, professionalism, and unwavering commitment inspire us all, highlighting the positive impact of women in the military.

The RBDF under the leadership of Commander Defence Force, Commodore Raymond E. King, is dedicated to the transformation of Defence Force personnel’s quality and capabilities. This commitment is rooted in the pursuit of excellence in leadership, which is demonstrated through professionalism. We strive to cultivate a High-Performance Workforce focused on Performance Excellence, fostering an inclusive working environment that empowers our personnel. Through meaningful involvement of service members, we share the responsibility for accomplishing the Defence Force’s Mandate.

The RBDF remains dedicated to the pursuit of excellence in guarding our heritage. We are committed to upholding the highest standards as we protect and preserve the rich legacy that defines our nation.

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