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 Safe Boats International Basic Operator Course and the Basic Maintenance Course on Friday July 9, 2021.
The two-week training course, which was conducted June 28- July 9 at the Harbour Patrol Facility, East Bay Street, was aimed at ensuring that RBDF personnel receive certified training for the newest vessels in the fleet. Instructors for the training included Training Specialist Yehudah Landau and Training Manager Willie Coco. Approximately 40 personnel comprising both the Squadron and the Engineering Departments, were given lessons in learning to maneuver and operate the jet-propulsion vessels, and also how to troubleshoot maintenance and repairs to the vessels.
The three vessels were officially donated by the US Government through the US Embassy to the Bahamas Government, at a cost of 5.9 million dollars on June 22, 2021. These safe boats increase the RBDF’s capacity and capability, will complement the existing Damen vessel classes to counter drug trafficking operations, particularly in the southeastern Bahamas.
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.