#Bahamas, March 11, 2018 – Nassau – Nineteen marines (19) from the Royal Bahamas Defence Force are better equipped to defend and safeguard the country against illicit activities after graduating from the Close Quarter Battle (CQB) and the Marine Core Martial Arts Program (MCMAD) Training courses on Friday past.
Led by the versatile skilled instructors of the Commando Squadron department with the support of instructors from the United States Marine Forces Northern Command (MARFORNORTH), the three-week training program demanded both the mental and physical acuity that the 17 males and 2 females from various sections of the Commando Squadron and the Military Police/Force Protection units, delivered.
Along with enhancing their military competencies, all of the participants are better equipped to work along with regional and international partner nations through enhanced interoperability and accreditation. These marines now have an advanced skill set which increases their ability to provide a sustained support system for their units as well as other Law Enforcement agencies.
Commodore Tellis Bethel, Commander Defence Force and Captain Philip Clarke, the Acting Captain of Coral Habour Base congratulated the participants and instructors alike for a job well done. They were encouraged them to retain the information and skill, and to continue to improve upon their proficiency in areas they are called to serve.
Course candidates were also graded on individual performance, as well as on leadership and teamwork.
During the graduation Ceremony, participants were awarded Certificates of Completion. Able Seaman Lathario Darling was also recognized on his achievement as the overall Marine of the Year for the Commando Squadron Department. The Military Police/Force Protection unit is headed by Commander Frederick Brown and the Commando Squadron department is headed by Lieutenant Commander Charles E. Strachan. Chief Instructor for the course was Chief Petty Officer Carlos Sturrup.
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Header: The nineteen member graduating team of Commando Squadron and the Military Police/Force Protection unit along with class instructors. Also shown are: Commodore Bethel, Captain Philip Clarke, Commander Frederick Brown, Commanding Officer Military Police/Force Protection unit and Force Chief Petty Officer Oral Wood.
First insert: Participants of the Close Quarter Battle (CQB) and the Marine Core Martial Arts Program (MCMAD) Training courses during one of their training exercises at the Defence Force Base.
Second insert: Participants of the Close Quarter Battle (CQB) and the Marine Core Martial Arts Program (MCMAD) Training courses during one of their training exercises at the Defence Force Base.