In keeping with Commodore Dr. Raymond King’s strategic objective for Decentralization, Captain Glenn McPhee, Captain SOUTHERN COMMAND conducted a tour of HMBS Matthew Town on Friday 14 May through Monday 17 May 2021.
Accompanied by Captain Philip Clarke, Senior Executive Staff Officer RBDF Headquarters, and Force Chief Petty Officer Kevin Fountain, Master-at-Arms SOUTHERN COMMAND, a Captain Inspection of all facilities was conducted. This is to ensure equipment and personnel are to the highest standard of naval discipline and bearing are being maintained. Additionally, the Commander Defence Force’ Strategic Vision regarding decentralization was reiterated.
The team then made courtesy calls on Mr. Marlon Leary, Island Administrator, and Mr. Vivian Moultrie, Operations Manager of Morton Salt Bahamas, where both men were presented with plaques on behalf of the Commander Defence Force. They also made courtesy calls on Superintendent Walter Henderson, Officer in Charge of the Inagua District of the Royal Bahamas Police Force, and Senior Nurse Ms. Patty Fawkes at the Government Clinic.
The Officers and Marine along with the HMBS Matthew Town Deployment Team worshipped at Zion Baptist Church with Pastor Julian Laing during the Sunday morning service.
The visit concluded with a tour of The Bahamas Maritime Surveillance System, where Captain Clarke was able to see first-hand, the multi-layered security network of the long-range coastal radar which was installed in April 2019.
The HMBS Matthew Town Deployment Team is currently led by Lieutenant Denzel Marche, Base First Lieutenant SOUTHERN COMMAND, and the Officers and Marines continue to reiterate the SOUTHERN COMMAND’S Mission: To ensure continuity of administration, operations, and logistical support for all RBDF missions originating, transiting through or around the southern Bahamas.