Minister of National Security the Hon. Marvin Dames and US Charge d’Affaires Stephanie Bowers joined Royal Bahamas Defence Force (RBDF) Commander Commodore Tellis Bethel at the official closing of the Joint Combined Exchange Training (JCET) at the RBDF base HMBS Coral Harbour, on May 31, 2018. Also on hand were Col. Michael Doherty, Deputy Commander, Special Operation Command North (SOCNORTH), the special operations component of USNORTHCOM, and representatives from Naval Special Warfare (NSW); Assistant Commissioner of Police Ken Strachan; and Comptroller of Customs Dr. Geannine Moss. According to information from the US Embassy, the training is an annual event supported by the Office of Defense Cooperation and the RBDF as part of security cooperation efforts. The training was significant, the Embassy noted because it marked the first time in recent years the Royal Bahamas Police Force and Customs Department participated in significant numbers. The JCET was held in Nassau and Exuma from April 16 to May 30, 2018. The first 30 days of training were spent at HMBS Coral Harbour, followed by 15-day multiple location events at Hawk’s Nest facility on Exuma.
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