RBDF assists Students in Community Effort in Inagua

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Students from the Inagua All-Age School being given a tour aboard HMBS BAHAMAS in the Engineer Room section in January 2021. (RBDF Photo by Marine Seaman Cleon Lewis)

In keeping with Commodore Dr. Raymond King’s strategic objective of strengthening relationships with stakeholders and the community at large, Marines deployed to SOUTHERN COMMAND are providing technical classes to students on the island of Inagua.
Led by Sub Lieutenant Renaldo Wilkinson, Base First Lieutenant for the RBDF Southern Command, the team of Marines have been stepping up to the plate to teach classes at the students of the Inagua All-Age School.

With students having to return to the classrooms for a face-to-face environment in the southern Bahamas, there arose a need for assistance in specialized subjects. Leading Mechanic Alonzo Russell, a competent engineer, used the opportunity to teach Electrical Installation and Drywall to students at the senior level. Likewise, Leading Mechanic Abrian Rankine also teaches Electronics and Maritime studies to the students.

Musician in the RBDF Band, Marine Seaman Cleon Lewis, was called upon to assist in the music department. The principal of the school, Mrs. Nishgo Bain-Collie, is appreciative of the Royal Bahamas Defence Force’s ongoing efforts, as the organization supports the Command’s vision of partnering with the Matthew Town Community.

“The officers are doing an amazing job with the students,” said Mrs. Bain-Collie. “We appreciate their assistance because after their electrical teacher passed away last year, they stepped up and are helping to prepare the students for their Electrical Installations BGCSE examinations this year. The students haven’t had music lessons in over a year, and they are excited with the lessons.”

The students also recently had the opportunity to tour HMBS BAHAMAS, a 60-meter Defence Force patrol craft under the command of Commander William Sturrup, as part of their field trip. They were shown various components of the ship, as it relates to the maritime aspect of their course.

Commanding Officer for the RBDF’s SOUTHERN COMMAND, Captain Glenn McPhee, extends his gratitude on behalf of the Commander Defence Force, Commodore Raymond King, to the dedicated men and women who perform community services. At the same time, they serve and protect the territorial waters from illicit maritime activities.

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