Governor John Rankin has announced the appointment of Major Larenzo Ratteray as the new Second-in-Command of the Royal Bermuda Regiment (RBR).

A Government spokesperson said: “Major Ratteray joined the RBR in 2003 as a 23-year old conscripted part time soldier.

“Following his Commissioning in 2005, Major Ratteray served in a number of roles, including as Senior Officer and Company Commander in A and C Company. He was the Officer in Charge of the first all-volunteer Recruit Camp and has spent much of his military career focused on delivery of training and instruction.

“During his service he has attended the Platoon Commanders’ Battle Course in Wales, Canadian Staff College, and the Advanced Command and Staff College [Reserve] at the UK’s Defence Academy, Shrivenham. Parallel to Major Ratteray’s years of service, he has pursued a fulfilling career in property and casualty insurance.

“Major Ratteray enjoys spending time with his family and also enjoys golfing, boating and exercise.”

Governor Rankin said: “I am very pleased indeed to appoint Major Ratteray as the new Second-in-Command of the Regiment. He is a highly able and well-qualified Officer and his particular experience in training will be of particular value to the Regiment as it continues to develop its role in serving the defence and security of Bermuda.

“I wish Major Ratteray well as he takes up his new position.”

Lt Col Beasley added: “Throughout his service Major Ratteray has embodied the very best the military has to offer, consistently promoting ahead of his peer group.

“As a part time officer, he helps to reflect that the Regiment is a predominately reserve organisation, whilst demonstrating the outstanding competencies that are held by all personnel. We share a focus for moving the Coast Guard to full operating capability, balancing our recruitment and retention, and enhancing our domestic and expeditionary roles.”