Photo shows: Marine Mechanic Ricardo Knowles receiving his certificate from Captain Glenn McPhee, Acting Captain Coral Harbour and Base Engineering Officer, Lieutenant Commander Gordon Roberts during the RBDF Technical Training Course Graduation ceremony on Monday, November 23, 2020. Also shown from left are: Warrants Officers Arthur McDonald and Marcello Charlow; Petty Officer Renaldo Farquharson, Course Instructor; and Deputy Base Engineering Officer, Senior Lieutenant Nevada Bain. (RBDF Photo by Woman Marine Myiesha Gibson)

In keeping with the Commander Defence Force, Commodore Raymond King’s strategic intent of developing a professional and high-performance workforce focused on excellence and succession planning, thirteen Marines from the Royal Bahamas Defence Force were recognized after completing their Technical Training Course on Monday, November 23, 2020, at HMBS CORAL HARBOUR.

As a result of the 12-weeks training conducted at the Defence Force Base, the Marines have prepared themselves in the various technical specializations to perform routine maintenance, repairs, and service RBDF Fleet and buildings. Led by Petty Officer Renaldo Farquharson, Course Instructor, they were trained in the disciplines of Mechanical, Electrical, Hull, Radio and Air Condition and Mechanical. The Base Engineering Department, which is an essential area of the force, responds to the great demands of operational deployment.

During the brief graduation ceremony, Captain Glenn McPhee, Acting Captain Coral Harbour brought principal remarks. As he congratulated the participants, he also expressed confidence that because of their training, the operational capabilities of the RBDF Fleet are in great hands, as these Marines are now better equipped with the necessary tools to enhance maximum productivity and efficiency while exemplifying love for the discipline, they were trained in.

The graduating class includes, Marines Mechanics: Andre Rahming, Deneiro Campbell, Quron Rolle, Jeremiah Farrington, Deonta Coakley, Ryan Lewis, Anwar Lockhart, Stephon Russell, Rudy Stubbs, Jermaine Johnson, and Ricardo Knowles. The lone female participant, Woman Marine Shonique Thompson.

Also, in attendance for the graduation ceremony were Base Executive Officer, Commander Floyd Moxey; Base Engineering Officer, Lieutenant Commander Gordon Roberts; Deputy Base Engineering Officer, Senior Lieutenant Nevada Bain and Engineering Warrants Officers Marcello Charlow and Arthur McDonald. The successful candidates, comprising twelve males and one female were presented with certificates for their achievements at the conclusion of the ceremony.

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