(Photo Credit: Royal Navy )
Some 13 named storms, of which five may have the potential to develop, have been predicted for this hurricane season that commenced at the start of this month. In preparation for any eventuality, the Royal Navy announced on June 10 that it’s experts are set and ready to assist the BVI.
The Royal Navy announced that a team of professionals have already commenced scouting in preparation for any disasters that might come with the season.
In its announcement, the Navy specifically mentioned the Royal Fleet Auxiliary ship ‘RFA Mounts Bay’, which is known to the Territory after its significant assistance following the 2017 disasters.
The Navy in detailing the recent scouting exercise said, “The airmen of 211 Flight dropped in on Road Town, Tortola, part of a fact-finding mission to prepare themselves and their ship for the hurricane season which is now upon the Caribbean.”
As it relates to RFA Mounts Bay, the Navy said, “She’s ready for the 2019 storm season with a specialist team of marines, soldiers and engineers embarked with the relevant equipment and vehicles to deliver immediate assistance and patch up vital supplies such as communications, water and power should hurricanes barrel through again.”
Mounts Bay has been deployed in the Caribbean for almost two years now, having arrived from the UK in June 2017, and will complete her current assignment in 2020.
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 British naval vessel played an instrumental role, providing humanitarian assistance and disaster relief (HADR) in the Caribbean in the aftermath of hurricanes Irma and Maria.
Whilst Mounts Bay's primary task is to provide enhanced security and reassurance to the UK Overseas Territories, including disaster relief when called upon, she has also been involved in counter-narcotic operations and continues to be on very short notice to react to any emerging crises, primarily in the region, but also around the world.