Commander of the Royal Bahamas Defence Force (RBDF) and Chief of Defence for the Tradewinds 2018 Exercise Commodore Tellis Bethel (second right) interacts with RBDF Coordinator for the Exercise Lieutenant Commander Ricardo Barry (left) and US Northern Command (NORTHCOM) planners Mike Mabbitt (second left) and Bill Cogan, on June 12, 2018, during a Tradewinds 2018 planning session in Downtown Nassau. Tradewinds 2018 is an annual regional military training exercise that will be held in The Bahamas June 14 -21 and this year’s exercise will focus on Countering Transnational Organized crime in the region.
The Bahamas last hosted the event in 2009. Its main objective is to foster training for security forces that are “tailored for the region by the region”, and the annual exercise is sponsored by the United States Southern Command. Twenty-two partner nations from the Caribbean region, the wider Americas and Western Europe representing a total of over 800 troops are expected to participate in the exercise. Also, there will be community outreach projects throughout the exercise, with the first being visits to the Bahamas Association for the Physically Disabled School June 12 and 13.