A Royal Navy ship has delivered critical water and medical supplies to Tonga in the wake of a catastrophic tsunami.
The Royal Navy say here that as soon as HMS Spey arrived in the Tongan capital Nuku’alofa on the island of Tongatapu, her 50 crew began offloading 30,000 litres of bottled water, medical supplies and sanitation and baby care products.
“The islands’ capital is serving as the hub for an international aid effort supporting the stricken Commonwealth nation. The aid, which Spey collected from Tahiti last week, will be distributed around islands most severely affected by the tsunami, which was triggered by an extremely rare underwater volcanic eruption on January 15, destroying homes and covering the area in volcanic ash.”
Chief Petty Officer Ash Head said in a press release:
“It is hot out in the sun, so it is good to see the whole ship’s company working together, rotating positions where needed and keeping water bottles topped up. We are looking after each other and we are glad our work can support international aid efforts and help Tonga.”