A helicopter from RFA Wave Knight has been flying fly dawn-to-dusk flights to assist the earthquake-hit country.
According to a Royal Navy news release:
“A helicopter from support ship RFA Wave Knight has been in the air since Friday, flying over parts of the Tiburon Peninsula – epicentre of the quake which struck on Saturday August 14 – to locate villages, towns, and infrastructure urgently in need of help. The information the aviators are gathering is helping direct the international aid effort, which Wave Knight has been supporting since Wednesday.
The support ship – which is flagship of the Royal Navy’s Caribbean task group, also including patrol vessel HMS Medway – has been providing fuel for US Army Black Hawk helicopters heavily engaged in the relief effort ashore in Haiti. Saving the helicopters from 228 Regiment the long flight back to their bases for refuelling, providing rest for crews and any mechanical repairs, the ship’s company have helped to ‘turbo charge’ the American effort.”
RFA Wave Knight is a Wave class tanker and part of the Royal Fleet Auxiliary, the civilian support branch of the Royal Navy, providing logistical and operational support to military operations.
Additionally, following a request for international assistance from the Haitian Government, the UK will send a team of medical experts and a UK humanitarian expert is deploying from the UN to provide support.
Defence Secretary Ben Wallace said:
“Communities in the Caribbean can rely on the Royal Navy to come to their aid when disaster strikes. The Royal Navy has a proud history of supporting British Overseas Territories and other partners in the Caribbean during hurricane season.”
The Ministry of Defence say in a news release:
“Two British naval ships – RFA WAVE KNIGHT and HMS MEDWAY – are currently deployed to the Caribbean to provide humanitarian assistance and disaster relief. They have been deployed to the Caribbean since May 2021 to support British Overseas Territories and other partner nations the region throughout hurricane season. RFA WAVE KNIGHT arrived off the west coast of Haiti in the early hours of Wednesday (BST). It will allow US helicopters to refuel as they fly to and from the island, extending their range and time available to support the disaster relief efforts.”