Disaster relief ship visits island
A Royal Fleet Auxiliary cargo ship, RFA Mounts Bay, has called on Bermuda this weekend.
The vessel, which is visiting the island until Wednesday, is on hurricane season patrol.
It is part of Britain’s rapid response aid for British Overseas Territories in the region.
Mounts Bay made its first call on Bermuda in 2017, in the aftermath of devastating hurricanes Irma and Maria hitting the Caribbean.
It delivered humanitarian aid to the Overseas Territories of Anguilla, Turks and Caicos Islands and British Virgin Islands, along with Dominica.
During its visit, the Mounts Bay will be briefed on the island’s emergency planning arrangements, as well as key points requiring support in times of need.
The ship is to liaise with the Royal Bermuda Regiment, and members of the Bermuda Cub Scouts and RBR Junior Leaders will also have the opportunity to visit.
Twenty soldiers from the British Army 24 Commando Royal Engineer Regiment will join the ship, along with Captain Gordon Emmerson of the Royal Bermuda Regiment.
John Rankin, the Governor, said he was “delighted” at the visit.
Mr Rankin added: “The ship is a key part of the UK’s commitment to providing disaster relief to Bermuda and the Caribbean Overseas Territories in time of need.
“Mounts Bay is hugely well-equipped and her crew have the skills to make a real difference in assisting local emergency services in time of crisis.”
The ship’s cargo includes tractors, diggers, trucks, quad bikes, command and all-terrain vehicles.
The vessel will also take part in anti-drug operations in the Caribbean later this year with partners in the region.