Defence Headquarters, 9 MAY. ‘24 (RBDF): A contingent comprising of 60 Officers and Marines recently departed from New Providence enroute to Jamaica to participate in the joint integrated training exercise “Exercise Trogon Shield” in Up Park Camp on the 29th March 2024.

Participating countries included the Belizean Defence Force, Canadian Army, United States Army, Jamaica Defence Force and Jamaican Constabulary.

The training evolutions consisted of a number of concurrent modular training tracks including: Peace Keeping Operations (PKO), Tactical Combat Casualty Care Course (TCCC), Operational Planning Procedures (OPP) and Maritime Interdiction Infantry Drills and Skills.

In the country, the teams took part in a wide range of training maneuvers, a run and shoot obstacle competition that served to sharpen their individual professional capabilities and collective team efforts.

A distinguished visitor program was also conducted during the exercise which was attended by various heads of state and foreign ministers including Commander Defence Force, Commodore Raymond King. The objective was to discuss the various roles the participating CARICOM partner countries would play in any future regional joint exercise.

The conclusion of the TROGON SHIELD exercise featured a final demonstration for distinguished visitors, with non-participating forces in attendance as observers. This marked a historic moment in the joint exercise, held outside of the annual Trade Winds Exercise.

One of Commander Defence Force, Commodore Raymond E. King’s priorities is to ensure personnel are equipped, trained, and prepared for maritime security, disaster relief, and peacekeeping. So by engaging in this professional and collaborative training environment, the aim of harnessing the full potential of dedicated personnel when engaged in domestic and regional operations can be achieved, while simultaneously raising and maintaining the levels of professionalism and preparedness.

Commodore Raymond E. King is steadfast in his commitment to fostering enhanced collaboration between the Royal Bahamas Defence Force (RBDF) and local law enforcement agencies, as well as regional partners. Through joint operations and proactive information sharing, these strategic alliances serve as force multipliers, effectively addressing both existing and potential challenges.

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