RFA ‘Mounts Bay’ conducts humanitarian relief exercise | THE DAILY HERALD

RFA “Mounts Bay”

ANGUILLA–The Royal Fleet Auxiliary (RFA) vessel Mounts Bay is in Anguilla to conduct a Wider Regional Engagement visit. The UK maintains a year-round naval presence in the Caribbean to provide a rapid response and reassurance to any emerging rapid-onset crises in the Territories. The ship played an instrumental role during last year’s hurricane season, providing humanitarian assistance and disaster relief in the Caribbean in the aftermath of Hurricanes Irma and Maria.

This week’s Humanitarian Relief Exercise in Anguilla will involve aerial reconnaissance using the Wildcat helicopter in the initial stages, followed by the deployment of shore parties, and the transfer of vehicles and humanitarian aid from ship to shore. The shore teams will be made up of elements of the embarked Royal Logistic Corps, Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Relief (HADR) Troop and ship’s crew. Communications systems will also be deployed and tested for future use in Command and Control of genuine emergencies. The ship will train and integrate personnel in a complex Humanitarian Relief effort.

As well as meetings with Governor Tim Foy and Chief Minister Victor Banks, the crew will engage in a community project which will undertake fencing repairs, painting and general yard work at the Princess Alexandra Hospital.

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