RFA Argus and HMS Medway are in the region to support British Overseas Territories in the Caribbean during hurricane season and to carry out counter-narcotics operations, say the Royal Navy.
“The two ships met up in the seas near the Cayman Islands ahead of HMS Medway going on demanding exercise to practise getting humanitarian relief to island communities in the wake of a natural disaster. Troops were transferred over to Offshore Patrol Vessel Medway from support ship/helicopter carrier Argus, making sure the two ships can work seamlessly if a natural disaster were to strike.”
It is also understood that the UK Task Group includes a number of other military units that are working together ready to respond to any need as it arises.
HMS Medway provides a permanent presence in the Caribbean to support British Overseas Territories as part of the Royal Navy’s Forward Presence programme, basing ships in regions key to the UK’s security and prosperity around the globe for several years at a time. The vessels crew rotates in and out of the region while the vessel stays put.
Argus has been in the region since early April to provide additional support, say the Royal Navy.