In keeping with the Commander Defence Force, Commodore Dr. Raymond King’s strategic intent of the professionalization of the entity’s human capital via continuous training and development with a resultant capability-based organization, RBDF personnel successfully completed the Outboard Maintenance and Overhaul Course on Friday July 30, 2021.
The two-week training course, which was conducted July 19 – 29, 2021 at the Harbour Patrol Facility, East Bay Street, was aimed at ensuring that RBDF personnel receive certified training on the Yamaha F250 engine, which is used in the fleet. Instructors for the training included Training Specialists from the Naval Small Craft Instruction and Technical Training School.
Approximately eight personnel comprising the Commando Squadron, Military Aid to Civilian Authority (MACA), and the Engineering Departments, were given theoretical and practical lessons. These included rebuilding the gear case, theory on the 4-stroke outboard motors, and maintenance and repair to lower units and water pumps.
In attendance at the closing ceremony were Senior Lieutenant Edward Fritz, Commanding Officer Commando Squadron, and US Naval Senior Instructor Jean Carlos Ramos Ortiz, who presented the successful participants with certificates.
The Royal Bahamas Defence Force continues to develop the skill set of the Officers and Marines to keep abreast with the cutting edge of technology.