The Royal Bahamas Defence Force congratulates Able Seaman Otis Ferguson and Able Seaman Michael Gibson, who became certified Search & Recovery Divers during Phase 2 of Exercise Tradewinds 2017, which was hosted in Chaguaramas, Trinidad earlier this month.

Their dive training consisted of other countries such as Antigua & Barbuda, Barbados, Belize, Canada, Dominica, Grenada, Jamaica, Mexico, St. Vincent & the Grenadines, Trinidad & Tobago and the United States.

During the 2 weeks of advanced training, the partner nations were presented with various scenarios in which they were expected to apply the new knowledge gained. They covered body and vehicle recovery, underwater searches and also evidence gathering and handling by the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

Exercise Tradewinds 2017 is a U.S. Southern Command multinational military interaction exercise which promotes regional security cooperation.

Phase 1 and 2 were hosted by Barbados and Trinidad respectively and Phase 3 will be conducted in Florida, US. The exercise is aimed at assisting partner nations in improving their effectiveness at land, air and sea operations through the standardization of procedures and operations between them, so that we can stand even stronger as a regional force if and whenever we are called to serve.

By: Marine Seaman Michael E. Turner II

The Royal Bahamas Defence Force remains focused on #GuardingOurHeritage .

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