New acting RBDF commander

New acting RBDF commander

NASSAU, BAHAMAS – Senior Captain Dr Raymond King will now serve as acting Commander of the Royal Bahamas Defence Force, Eyewitness News can confirm.

King was promoted to Deputy Commander two weeks ago, and his acting post comes as Commodore Tellis Bethel takes a three-month leave of absence.

It follows the retirement of senior Captain Samuel Evans on October 4.

Bethel’s leave began yesterday, and will extend until January 15, 2020.

The Cabinet office announced King’s appointment as Deputy Commander on October 6.

He took up the post of Port Controller in 2018, and Lieutenant Commander Berne Wright has since been appointed to that post.

“King joined the Defence Force as a recruit in January of 1987,” read the Cabinet statement earlier this month.

“Over the course of his career he has served as Midshipman, Acting Sub-Lieutenant, Sub Lieutenant, Senior Lieutenant, Lieutenant Commander and Commanding Officer of HMBS Nassau. He has also served as Administration and Human Resources Officer at the RBDF Coral Harbour Base.”

It added: “Dr. King has also participated in many international courses including conflict management for leaders; peacekeeping for decision makers; advanced policy making; countering transnational criminal organizations; international officers supply courses and naval staff training.”