In keeping with the Commander Defence Force’s strategic vision, which entails strengthening of Community Relations, Her Majesty’s Bahamian Ship NASSAU ship’s company journeyed towards Crooked Island on 23 February 2021, and participated in a community outreach effort.
Led by the craft’s Commanding Officer, Lieutenant Commander Samantha Hart, the Officers and Marines engaged in a two-day community service project on the Island of Crooked Island. The first project, which is expected to be ongoing, began at the proposed site for the Island’s Hurricane Shelter, and Community Center in Landrail Point. This effort was led by Senior Lieutenant Gladstone Moss, and Chief Boatswain Mate, Chief Petty Officer Edison Rolle.
A thirty-two member team from the ship converged on the island at the site to frame, and pour the building structure’s belt course. Throughout the day, residents and visitors could be seen checking up, and checking in with the team, and expressed their pleasure, and gratitude for the efforts given by the crew of HMBS NASSAU.
The second project entailed painting the settlement’s library, and again the crew sprang into action and was able to paint the entire building inclusive of both, the interior and exterior of the building. Lieutenant Commander Hart expressed sentiments on behalf of the Commander Defence Force, Commodore Raymond King to the ship’s company as they interacted with the island’s community, and assisted in construction of a structure that is critical to the safety, and security of Crooked Islanders in times of natural disasters.
While on the island, Lieutenant Commander Hart and her team also met with local government officials, including Nurse Beulah Carrol, who assisted the Ship’s Company with the overall coordination. The Officers and Marines were all excited to pause from their operational duties and effectively assist the community