For Immediate Release

Prime Minister Davis presents Awards at RBDF Passing Out Ceremony –
“Your example will help us continue to recruit the brightest young Bahamians of your

Expressing his gratitude for their decision to serve, Prime Minister the Hon. Philip Davis
officiated the Presentation of Awards at the Royal Bahamas Defence Force’s Passing Out
Parade earlier today.

“It is a privilege to offer you my heartfelt congratulations on the completion of your initial
basic training in the Royal Bahamas Defence Force,” said Prime Minister in his remarks at
the outdoor ceremony held at the Royal Bahamas Defence Force base.

“You could have chosen a less demanding path, but instead you chose a career of service, and
for that, you have my gratitude and – I feel confident in saying — the gratitude of your fellow

“In 1975, Sir Lynden Pindling spoke about the need for a force that would safeguard our
newly independent nation’s sovereignty, rescue lives, defend our sea lanes, keep out poachers
and smugglers, and provide emergency relief and medical services,” noted Davis.

“Now you become not only a guardian of that original vision, but part of the continuing
project to modernize and adapt as we face new challenges in the 21st century.”

“Combatting threats today requires top analytical and technological skills. You will be using
the latest tools, including drones (or Unmanned Arial Vehicles, UAVs) to fight transnational

“You are models for your peers. And we know the power of your example will help us
continue to recruit the brightest young Bahamians of your generation as we strengthen and
build our modern capabilities.”

The Davis Administration is committed to prioritizing the Blue Economy and strengthening
RBDF’s capacity to prevent illegal poaching and piracy.

4 February 2022
Office of the Prime Minister
Commonwealth of The Bahamas