Captain Raymond King will serve as acting commander of the Royal Bahamas Defence Force (RBDF) until January 2020, according to a memorandum.
The memo is dated October 15, 2019, and signed by Captain Adrian B. Chriswell.
“Be advised that commander defence force, Commodore Tellis Bethel will be on leave from 15 October 2019 to 15 January 2020,” the memo noted.
“Further, in his absence deputy commander defence force, Captain Raymond King will act as commander defence force.”
King was promoted to deputy commander on October 4 after Captain Samuel Evans retired from RBDF.
In 2017, Bethel was promoted to commodore along with 427 other RBDF officers.
His appointment was retroactive to May 1, 2015, when former RBDF Commodore Roderick Bowe retired.
Eight senior officers in the Royal Bahamas Police Force (RBPF) were sent on leave earlier this year.
They are expected to retire at the end of the leave.
In March, Minister of National Security Marvin Dames said more law enforcement officers would be sent on leave.
“The commissioner obviously will decide, but there will be more and this is not only the police force, this is also the defense force,” he said.
“Those agencies that fall under my remit.”