Five years ago on Thursday April 30, 2015, Her Majesty’s Bahamian Ship ROLLY GRAY was officially commissioned at the Emerald Bay Marina, Great Exuma.
One of four Legend Class vessel, procured under the Sandy Bottom project, the vessel was named after the legendary skipper from Exuma. Some of the dignitaries in attendance were the Governor-General Her Excellency Dame Marguerite Pindling, Prime Minister, The Honourable Perry G. Christie and the Minister of National Security, Dr. the Honorourable Bernard J. Nottage.
Five years later on April 30, 2020, Senior Lieutenant Glenn McPhee, the Commanding Officer along with the crew of HMBS ROLLY GRAY held a brief ceremony in observance of the 5th Commissioning Anniversary
of the vessel at the Defence Force Base. In attendance were Acting Commander Defence Force, Captain Raymond King, who brought brief remarks, along with his Senior Command.
The Defence Force Chaplain, Reverend Prince Bodie offered a prayer of re-dedication for the ship, her crew and the Royal Bahamas Defence Force as they continue to patrol and protect the territorial waters of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas.
During his remarks, Captain Raymond King congratulated the men and woman of HMBS ROLLY GRAY for their continued commitment in the guarding our heritage. He also admonished them to continue their safe practices during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Senior Lieutenant McPhee thanked all organizers and reiterated the commitment of his ship’s crew in the protection of Bahamian waters and territories. Following this, Retired Chief Petty Officer Fredricka King performed the ceremonial cutting of the cake.