Members of the United States Navy’s Ticonderoga-class guided missile cruiser USS Leyte Gulf (CG 55), paid a visit to the RBDF’s Coral Harbour Base on Friday 10 November 2023. This historic event marked a significant milestone in the ongoing collaboration between our nations’ maritime forces.

The visit commenced with a courtesy call on the Base Executive Officer, Commander Clinton Johnson and the executive members from the Wardroom, Junior Rates Mess and Senior Rates Mess. This gathering set the tone for a day filled with camaraderie, mutual respect and professional exchanges.

In keeping with naval traditions, the distinguished members of USS Leyte Gulf (CG 55), were graciously hosted to lunch in the various Messes and the Officer’s Wardroom. This provided them with a unique opportunity to connect with and engage members of the Royal Bahamas Defence Force, fostering a deeper understanding and appreciation of our shared values and goals.

The visit culminated with a courtesy call on Captain Glenn McPhee, Captain of Coral Harbour. During this meeting, Captain McPhee was briefed on the intent, expectations, and overall experience of the visit aboard HMBS CORAL HARBOUR. In his response, Captain McPhee conveyed heartfelt gratitude on behalf of Commander Defence Force, Commodore Dr. Raymond King, and reiterated the shared intention for future engagements aimed at further strengthening the bonds between the Officers, Noncommissioned Officers, and Junior Rates of HMBS Coral Harbour and USS Leyte Gulf (CG 55).

This distinguished visit stands as a testament to the enduring friendship and collaborative spirit between the Royal Bahamas Defence Force and the United States Navy. It reinforces our commitment to promoting regional security and cooperation, ensuring a safer and more secure maritime environment for all.

The RBDF remains dedicated to the pursuit of excellence in guarding our heritage. We are committed to upholding the highest standards as we protect and preserve the rich legacy that defines our nation.

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