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RFA delivers aid in the Bahamas

10th September 2019 - 10:30 GMT | by The Shephard News Team


Royal Fleet Auxiliary ship RFA Mounts Bay is delivering aid to the Bahamas following Hurricane Dorian.

The ship has been in the Caribbean since June in preparation for the hurricane season and was re-tasked last week to sail to the Bahamas in anticipation of the storm.

Mounts Bay has Department for International Development (DFID) relief items onboard, including vital shelter kits, and specialist equipment, such as all-terrain quads, dump trucks, diggers and stores. It also stores DFID water carriers, hygiene kits including basic items such as soap and shelter kits. A dedicated Humanitarian and Disaster Relief team is also embarked.

The vessel’s Wildcat helicopter is conducting reconnaissance flights of the Bahamas to help assess the damage and provide intelligence to the Bahamian government and the team of DFID experts.

Commanding Officer RFA Mounts Bay, Captain Rob Anders, said: ‘RFA Mounts Bay has been working alongside The Bahamian National Emergency and Management Agency and US Coastguard personnel, using our Wildcat helicopter to conduct initial assessments on Abaco Island and we have landed reconnaissance troops ashore.

‘I am pleased to be able to use our people and equipment to send water and food ashore to provide aid to the Bahamian people. We hope that our presence in the area in the immediate aftermath of Hurricane Dorian will provide some peace of mind and reassurance to all those affected.’

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