The Royal Bahamas Defence Force Rangers Programme, which is one of the newest certifying branches of the Governor General Youth Award (GGYA) Programme here in The Bahamas, held a special Divisions ceremony onboard Coral Harbour Base today in honour of the visit of HRH Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex, KG, GCVO, ADC(P).

The Rangers Colour Guard was led by Johnathon Tellis Nord, and consisted of some forty Rangers who recently achieved their bronze and silver awards with the GGYA Programme.  Parade Commander D’Quan Smith delivered crisp orders and led two companies of Rangers, who were out in full force onto the Parade ground, as they marched to the beat of the recently formed Rangers Band.  An engaging physical fitness demonstration ensued.  HRH Prince Edward then honoured the memory of the ill-fated HMBS Flamingo by laying a wreath, presented to him by Ranger Raven Davis, at the HMBS Flamingo Monument.

The Earl of Wessex has been committed to the work of The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award (DofE) since he achieved his Gold Award in 1986. Officially, he is the International Trustee and Chairman of The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award International Council.

The Earl of Wessex urged the Rangers assembled to use the GGYA programme to maximize opportunities and challenges presented through their experiences with the programme, allowing it to develop their individual characters and boost their confidence.  He also advised them to remember to have fun while they work ultimately on their gold awards.

HRH was hosted to a reception in the Officers Wardroom onboard HMBS Coral Harbour where exchange of gifts took place.


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