The Royal Bahamas Defence Force Sea Training Department led by Commander William Sturrup and The United States Coast Guard engaged in a joint training exercise with Her Majesty’s Bahamian Ship Madeira and the United Stated Coast Guard MT – 60T Jayhawk Helicopter and their crew respectively. Commanding Officer for Operation Bahamas Turks and Caicos, Commander David Sheppard along with Commander Defence Force, Commodore Raymond King spearheaded this initiative stating that an exercise of this nature has not happened in many years. The exercise consisted of a simulated extraction and lift from an RBDF vessel at sea. Able Seaman Ashtin Woodside and Able Seaman Roderico Carroll namely; in their Role as Rescue swimmers were assisted by Petty Officer Third Class Brian Gilligan who is a certified Coast Guard Rescue Swimmer. Able Seaman Ashtin Woodside described the experience as an unforgettable, life-changing one that has deepened his resolve as a marine in The Royal Bahamas Defence Force. Near the completion of the joint training exercise, The Royal Bahamas Defence Force Operations received a distress call and the United States Coast Guard Helicopter was able to spot the vessel, the crew of HMBS Maderia was able to offer assistance and towed the disabled vessel and occupants to safe harbour. Commodore, Dr. Raymond expressed the need for continued collaboration between The Royal Bahamas Defence Force, and the United States Coast Guard. Stating; “It is my desire to continue to develop officers and marines with every tool and asset given to us by the government of Commonwealth of The Bahamas and our allies”.