The RBDF Crisis and Disaster Management Units completed its first ever Crisis and Disaster Management Training, Non-Lethal Weapons Training and Standards of Training Certification and Watch keeping (STCW) Training for New Entry 58 and Women Entry 27 at HMBS Coral Harbour Base. The New Entry which graduated only a few weeks ago were immersed in the three (3) week course immediately after Basic Training. The training is designed to provide them with further valuable tools necessary to function more efficiently wherever they are called upon to carry out their duties. Individually, none of the training courses are new to the Defence Force. However, for the first time, they are being introduced as a package and this model is intended to be used for future training, specifically for new marines after basic training before they are placed in their respective departments.The Crisis and Disaster Management training will equip marines with knowledge and skills to better respond to situations of crisis and disaster. This component covers the ability to operate and survive in the field when deployed. It also provides practical knowledge in deceased victim identification (DVI) if ever responding to an event which results in mass fatalities. Further to this, the course participants also learn how to apply “lifesaving” procedures that can save an injured victim’s life if ever required to respond to a medical emergency. The Non- Lethal Weapons Familiarization Training is the first of its kind offered to Defence Force Active Duty Personnel. Marines are taught how to handle X2 Tom A. Swift Electric Rifles (TASERs) and this training offers marines an alternative to lethal force to control or de-escalate a situation. The intent is to train all Defence Force personnel to safely and effectively use these techniques. Finally, the STCW training covers the theory and practical knowledge in shipboard Fire Fighting, Evacuation and Abandon Ship Procedures, and also Survival at Sea. This particular training is an international convention which defines the training required for all persons employed at sea. The three (3) week training course concluded with practical scenarios which allowed the participants to apply everything they learned during the Crisis and Disaster Management training. During the awards ceremony, Commander Granville Adderley, Commanding Officer for the Crisis Risk Management Unit, brought brief remarks and congratulated each participant on their achievements and thanked the course instructors for sharing their wealth of knowledge. He further stated that it is Commodore Raymond King’s strategic intent to continue to develop a Military that is knowledgeable and prepared to respond to the security environment, nationally and regionally.The Royal Bahamas Defence Force continues to invest in its most valuable assets, the men and women who have answered the higher call to Guard Our Heritage.