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15 COMPLETE SMALL BOAT COURSE

One Officer and 14 Ratings of the Coast Guard completed the Small Boat Course on Friday December 2. The four-week course, hosted at the GDF Coast Guard was conducted by members of the US Coast Guard.

Training focused on enabling the students to develop the capability of operating in small teams, for boat operations in the riverain areas. Course participants were exposed to modules which included Search and Rescue Fundamentals, Navigation, Seamanship, and Damage Control, and they also engaged in several practical sessions using the Metal Sharks.

 
 

HRH PRINCE HENRY OF WALES VISITS GUYANA

His Royal Highness, Prince Henry of Wales, KCVO, familiarly known as Prince Harry, the younger son of Charles, Prince of Wales, and Diana, Princess of Wales, and the grandson of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom, arrived in Guyana on Friday, December 2, to a crisp military and diplomatic welcome at the Eugene Corriea International, Airport.
 
Shortly after the ceremonial military welcome, he was whisked away to the Ministry Of The Presidency, where he met His Excellency, President David Granger and some Ministers of the Cabinet. Afterward, he laid a wreath at the Independence Arch on Brickdam.
 
Following that activity, he visited the Guyana Defence Force Officers Mess, where he was greeted by GDF Chief of Staff, Brigadier George Lewis. There, he met and interacted with a group of Military Veterans which included President of the Guyana Legion, Lt Col (ret'd) George Gomes, Lloyd "Dash" Defreitas and Beverley Somerset. He also chatted with Senior Officers of the Force, the 19 graduates of the recently-concluded Leader Sergeant Course Number Three and the Officer Cadets of Standard Officers Course Number Forty-Nine.
 
Prince Harry's visit to Guyana wrapped up his 15-day tour of the Caribbean. He had already visited Grenada, St Kitts and Nevis, St Lucia, St Vincent and the Grenadines, Antigua and Barbuda, and Barbados.  
 
The Chief of Staff, Officers, Ranks and Civilian employees of the Guyana Defence Force, welcomed Prince Harry to Guyana extended best wishes to him for an enjoyable stay.

SIX RETIRED OFFICERS HONOURED AT TRADITIONAL "DINING OUT"

Retired Officers Captain (CG) John Flores, Colonels Windee Algernon, Wilbert Lee and Cargill Kyte, Lieutenant Colonel Claude Fraser, and Major Eniat Ali Budhu, were honoured lon November 30 last, when Chief of Staff, Brigadier George Lewis, together with other serving Officers of the Force, hosted them at the traditional Dinner (Dining Out) held in their honour, at the Officers Mess, Base Camp Ayanganna.

 

The Chief of Staff and members of the current Officer Corps, toasted and thanked the Honorees for their long, dedicated and selfless service to the GDF and Guyana.

 

GDF SERGEANT ACADEMY GRADUATES THIRD SERGEANT COURSE

Nineteen Sergeants are the most recent graduates of the Guyana Defence Force Sergeant Academy. The new Sergeants graduated on Tuesday, November 29, at Base Camp Stephenson, following a splendid graduation parade attended by their parents and relatives, and by Officers, Ranks and civilian employees of the Force.

On December 1, they were honoured guests at a Graduation Dinner which was held at the Auditorium at Base Camp Ayanganna.

They dined in the company of the Chief of Staff, other Senior Officers of the Force, their Training Staff, and other members of the Corps of Warrant Officers and Senior Non-Commissioned Officers, who toasted and congratulated them on their success.

GRADUATION CHURCH SERVICE HELD FOR LSC #3

Officers, Ranks and Civilian employees of the GDF, joined the graduands of Leader Sergeant Course Number Three and their parents and relatives, in giving thanks at the Graduation Church Service held on Monday, November 28, at the Auditorium, at Base Camp Ayanganna.

 
Delivering the sermon at the service, Apostle Elsworth William, of the Full Gospel Fellowship of Guyana, exhorted the graduands to be men of integrity, purpose and understanding. He emphasised the need for them to understand their roles and functions, and, more importantly, understand the times in which they are serving. 
 
He encouraged them to embrace togetherness and utilise teamwork as their strategy for accomplishing tasks. 
 
Noting that these are unpredictable times, where it is not easy to predict the occurrence of events nor the behaviour of people, he directed the graduands toward grasping the importance of quality leadership.