In keeping with the Commander Defence Force, Commodore Dr. Raymond King’s strategic focus on strengthening partnerships and relationships with our regional partners against transnational threats, Commander David Sheppard Director for Operation Bahamas, Turks and Caicos (OPBAT) accepted an invitation for a courtesy call and subsequently visited the Captain SOUTHERN COMMAND Captain Glenn McPhee at HMBS CORAL HARBOUR on 12 August, 2021.
The meeting’s objective was to build on mutual rapport, especially in the Southern Bahamas. Also in attendance were Senior Commander Chapel Whyms Commander Operations, Commander Jake McMillian Coast Guard Liaison, Lieutenant Kira Adams Deputy Director OPBAT, Lieutenant Andrew Bell OPBAT and OS1 Charla Davis OPBAT.
Discussions centered on the enhancement of the longstanding maritime law enforcement collaboration to mitigate transnational threats such as smuggling of illegal drugs, weapons, ammunition, poaching and human trafficking. As the world continues to develop as a global community, the Royal Bahamas Defence Force values the relationships of its international partners.