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BAHAMAS: Acquisition and Cross Servicing Agreement (ACSA)

#Nassau, July 5, 2018 – Bahamas – General Terrence J. O’Shaughnessy, Commander Northern Command (NORTHCOM) and North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD), paid a courtesy call on Commander Defence Force, Commodore Tellis Bethel, on July 3, 2018 at HMBS Coral Harbour.

During his visit, Commodore Bethel and General O’Shaughnessy discussed security issues of interest to both The Bahamas and the United States. The General was also taken on a tour of Coral Harbour Base and the Legend Class vessel, HMBS Livingstone Smith.

General O’Shaughnessy and Commodore Bethel also signed an Acquisition and Cross-Servicing Agreement (ACSA) on behalf of the Ministry of National Security and the US Department of Defence, respectively.

ACSA is a bilateral agreement between the US and The Bahamas authorizing the exchange or procurement of logistics support, supplies, and services during exercises, training, or emergency situations through the US Armed Forces and the Royal Bahamas Defence Force.  This now allows Defence Force vessels engaged in activities such as a hurricane avoidance operation to obtain goods and services through the armed services whenever Defence Force ships and aircraft visit US ports.

USNORTHCOM is a combatant command responsible for protecting the US Homeland, as well as US interests in Canada, Mexico and The Bahamas. USNORTHCOM has facilitated numerous military training programs for hundreds of Defence Force members. It has also organized law enforcement training for Police Officers.

General O’Shaughnessy is a distinguished graduate of the United States Air Force Academy, and a former Commander of the United Nations Command, as well as the US Pacific Air Forces. He was appointed Commander, North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) and the United States Northern Command (USNORTHCOM) in May of this year.

 

Photo one shows: Commodore Tellis Bethel and General Terrence J. O’Shaughnessy standing at the HMBS Flamingo Memorial and Monument during his visit to HMBS Coral Harbour on July 3, 2018. From Left: Commander Henry Daxon, Executive Staff Officer; Captain Samuel Evans, Deputy Commander Defence Force; General Terrence J. O’Shaughnessy, Commander Northern Command (NORTHCOM) and North American Aerospace Defense Command; Commodore Tellis Bethel, Commander Defence Force; Captain Adrian Chriswell, Captain Coral Harbour and Force Chief Petty Officer Oral Wood, Command Force Chief.

Photo two shows: General Terrence J. O’Shaughnessy, Commander Northern Command (NORTHCOM) and North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD), and Commander Defence Force, Commodore Tellis Bethel, exchanging pleasantries on July 3, 2018 at HMBS Coral Harbour.

(RBDF Photos by Marine Seaman Kyle Smith)

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