HMS Forth has delivered vaccines to the remote British territory of Tristan da Cunha.

Tristan da Cunha is a remote group of volcanic islands in the south Atlantic Ocean. It is the most remote inhabited archipelago in the world, lying approximately 1,732 miles off the coast of Cape Town in South Africa, 1,514 miles from Saint Helena and 2,487 miles off the coast of the Falkland Islands.

Philip Rushbrook, Governor of Tristan da Cunha, said:

“Very pleased HMS Forth has arrived at Tristan da Cunha with Oxford Astra Zeneca vaccine supplies. A big thank you to Royal Navy & many others who completed this logistics challenge so smoothly.”

HMS Forth is a Batch 2 River class offshore patrol vessel and in January 2020, she replaced HMS Clyde as the Falklands Patrol ship, looking after British Overseas Territories in the South Atlantic.

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Rob
Rob
5 months ago

Great work from the RN. Well done.

I hope the good citizens don’t get the shivers, chills and aches like I did from the AZ vaccine. Still better than getting Covid though.

Something different
Something different
5 months ago
Reply to  Rob

Good for you taking the vaccine, pity some are not as responsible as you (of course no blame to those who can’t take it for medical reasons)

Andy P
Andy P
5 months ago

I’ve a mate who has knocked it back because he’s a bit of a conspiracy theorist. Its frustrating as he’s a clever guy who is going out with a ‘high up’ nurse and has a sister (also a nurse) who has long covid. I don’t get it myself and apparently his missus can’t even talk to him about it. I couldn’t wait to get mine, didn’t care whether it was AZ, woke up with the shivers and noticed I had the sore arm and was ‘washed out’ until about lunchtime the following day but will be more than happy to… Read more »

Daniele Mandelli
Daniele Mandelli
5 months ago
Reply to  Rob

Not half! Had my first jab Monday and still feeling the effects. Teeth were chattering and felt washed out with no energy.
Still, had to be done. Seems to be common enough.

Rob
Rob
5 months ago

Daniele,

Woke up in the middle of the night with ‘teeth chattering’ too! Put on a sweater, had a couple of paracetamol and dived back under the covers to sweat it out. It wasn’t pleasant but much better than Covid. I’ve a friend who is a Doc and she says that the better your immune system the more likely it ‘rebels’ when you get the vaccine so perhaps that is good news? Keep safe. I’m going back for vaccine 2 because there is no point taking half the dose.

David
David
5 months ago
Reply to  Rob

I had the Pfizer vaccine. No reaction at all. Maybe I was destined to die should I have contracted Covid!

Daniele Mandelli
Daniele Mandelli
5 months ago
Reply to  Rob

And you Rob.

Cannot wait for my 2nd either. It must be done.

Nick C
Nick C
5 months ago

Had my first one in early February (I’m an old person!) AZ, and almost no side effects at all. Second one next week. Now, if only the MOD procurement process could be made to work as well!

captain p wash
captain p wash
5 months ago

Had my second Jab at 5pm… first one was fine apart from Headache and Narcolepsy !!!!!

Rob
Rob
5 months ago
Reply to  captain p wash

Steady the main brace!

captain p wash
captain p wash
5 months ago
Reply to  Rob

Exactly mate !

Airborne
Airborne
5 months ago

Had my first last month, but out of breath and felt like a weekend hangover, like the old days, but not to bad.

Name
Name
5 months ago
Reply to  Rob

I had the AZ. It wiped me out for 2 days.

Ross
Ross
5 months ago

Have to say the Armed Forces have done a sterling job in making sure vaccines are being delivered en-masse and in a timely fashion, particularly to our overseas territories and dependencies. Excellent job!

Nic
Nic
5 months ago
Reply to  Ross

Agreed the three services have stepped up to the mark as usual ,From the services medics backing up the NHS in all areas , the rest of the services providing both air and land logistics throughout Geat Britain and N Ireland

Something different
Something different
5 months ago

Good job by the Navy!

julian1
julian1
5 months ago

helluva journey to such a remote island(s) – sounds like it was Portuguese at some point. I wonder how many cases they’ve had in these islands, if any?

Ian M.
Ian M.
5 months ago
Reply to  julian1

Portuguese explorer and conquistador Tristão da Cunha is both the namesake of Tristan da Cunha and the first person to sight the island, in 1506

David Flandry
David Flandry
5 months ago
Reply to  julian1

Pity the poor slobs who had to deliver the vaccine to Bermuda, or Barbados, or other bastions of empire such as Grand Cayman 🙂

Supportive Bloke
Supportive Bloke
5 months ago

Good job, well done RN.

My Pfizer shot also caused fatigue and a slightly sore arm: but that is what I got from all sorts of jabs in the past so I wasn’t very surprised. Was back to 100% 48hrs later.

Mike
Mike
5 months ago

Great news, I am very pleased to hear that we are looking after the overseas UK territory.

George Royce
George Royce
5 months ago

Good show chaps.

John Hartley
John Hartley
5 months ago

I would love to see a simple airstrip on Tristan dC. Nothing fancy, just big enough for a Beech King Air. Perhaps on the early 1960s lava field, that is doing nothing & in the way. Blow it up, grade it, & use it to make a simple runway.
I had my 2nd vaccine jab (Pfizer) last night. Felt slightly odd for a while, but no other side effects.

captain p wash
captain p wash
5 months ago
Reply to  John Hartley

Just interested in what sort of range a beach King would have as TDC is a long way from anywhere and I would assume it would have to have a range great enough to abort a landing and return home if it had to, Was it Pitcairn that built an Airstrip that was pretty much un usable ? I’m probably wrong but something rings a bell…..
Just looked it up, Doh ! it was St Helena……

Last edited 5 months ago by captain p wash
John Hartley
John Hartley
5 months ago
Reply to  captain p wash

King Air 360 has the range to do Tristan to Cape Town. Given the small population on Tristan, you do not need bigger than that. It allows you to do medevac & even bring a tiny number of adventure tourists.
St Helena is doing fine with Embraer regional jets & A318. It did have difficulty with larger B737-800, which created the bad press. Like St Helena, the Tristan flights would be subject to last minute cancellation if the weather was not right.

Captain P Wash
Captain P Wash
5 months ago
Reply to  John Hartley

I had a little look on Wiki and all I could see was a range of @ 1300 NM for the 100 version which is @ 200 less than the nearest Land, so I guess there must be other longer range versions now ? either way, that’s a long way to fly with nothing in reserve I would have thought.

geoff
geoff
5 months ago
Reply to  John Hartley

Only just seen your comments John after i posted. Well said

geoff
geoff
5 months ago
Reply to  John Hartley

Just to follow on from your comments and fill in some detail for everyone-Flights to St Helena Airport(SHA) have to carry enough fuel for an abort to either Namibia or Ascension in the event of bad weather. This restricts the number of passengers carried on some aircraft. I would also add the Boeing 757 as an ideal aircraft for this route. Many idiotic comments appeared in inter alia, the Mail online suggesting that there was corruption involved in this project-one bright spark asking how we could spend 350 million pounds on a “strip of tarmac”!!! To put a perspective on… Read more »

Chris
Chris
5 months ago
Reply to  geoff

Thanks for the insight Geoff, very interesting.

I watched this documentary about the building of the airport on YouTube a while back if anyone’s interested: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5-QejUTDCWw

geoff
geoff
5 months ago
Reply to  Chris

Thanks Chris. Will watch doc later Cheers

geoff
geoff
5 months ago
Reply to  Chris

Watched Chris-summed things up perfectly!

geoff
geoff
5 months ago
Reply to  captain p wash

Hi Cap’n. My subject-firstly there is nothing unusable about St Helena Airport. That stupid ill informed myth concocted by a Westminster committee was the most ill informed report to come from MP’s in decades and cost a huge delay in opening the facility. Most Airports in the world have wind shear issues and yet operate safely and efficiently. St Helena’s issues are no different and the advantages to the population there outweigh any problems by a hundred to one. All they needed was to fing the tight aircraft which they have now done and all is good. As to Tristan-an… Read more »

geoff
geoff
5 months ago
Reply to  geoff

…find the right aircraft

John Hartley
John Hartley
5 months ago
Reply to  geoff

Tristan is 2500 Km from Cape Town. Range of a loaded King Air 350 is 3350 Km. You would not take off unless weather was perfect at Tristan & en-route. A last minute double check 1500 km out, for abort. Beyond that, you could abort to St Helena as it is a couple of hundred miles nearer to Tristan than Cape town. The lest few hundred KM to Tristan, you would be committed to landing in Tristan. The same as other basic airstrips on islands or mountains around the World. They all say an airstrip would destroy the potato patches,… Read more »

Steve M
Steve M
5 months ago
Reply to  John Hartley

John, according to wiki King Air 350ER needs 1200m runway, so if you were going to build that big you could put a C-130 or A400 down on it. For emergencies A400 could be accompanied from MPN by the Voyager if unable to land refuel and go home?

John Hartley
John Hartley
5 months ago
Reply to  Steve M

Just over 4000ft in old money.

geoff
geoff
5 months ago
Reply to  John Hartley

Hi John. Thanks for email. Even a basic airstrip will need infrastructure so might not justify at present unless as you say there are riches in them thar shores 🙂 Tristan has a helipad at the Administrators residence so another lateral thinking route is for Industry pursue the goal of producing a viable commercial VSTOL aircraft for such locations. i know that is a big challenge but possible and with huge benefits. Agree with you entirely about our 16 Overseas Territories-a mutually beneficial relationship with the last bits!!

Daniele Mandelli
Daniele Mandelli
5 months ago
Reply to  geoff

Morning geoff.

Always enjoy reading your posts regards St Helena, you know your stuff my friend. Thanks.

Sunny for a week in Surrey! Bit breezy though.

geoff
geoff
5 months ago

Good Day Daniele-enjoy your stuff as well-knowledge in detail especially about the Army and weaponary. Last of the Summer rains here in Durban-26 degC with thunderstorms in the evening.

captain p wash
captain p wash
5 months ago

Living on an Island so remote and cut off from the World should have offered as much protection as possible really but It’s good to see help being given. Not sure what’s to do on an active Volcano with so few people and just the one Town ? but I do sometimes wish I was there !

Damo
Damo
5 months ago
Reply to  captain p wash

Well, they shouldn’t take their lead from the Pitcairners on how to pass the time on a remote island….

Captain P Wash
Captain P Wash
5 months ago
Reply to  Damo

Lol, that’s a story I read years ago after watching a documentary about the Bounty. Seems like a whole load of issues living so far from others with the Internet possibly not helping.

Barry Larking
Barry Larking
5 months ago

Excellent. Congratulations to all concerned.

Gunbuster
Gunbuster
5 months ago

I visited Tristan back in 2001. We did some demo work on the old lava field In an attempt to open it up to the sea as a new harbour. On that job I discovered that Lava rock is really lightweight and flies a lot further than regular rock when you put a couple of boxes of PE4 sticks in it… Like 200m further than the safety zone! “firing… 3…2…1” Boom! And the rock went up… And up… And up, over our heads 200m down range and kept going, landing in a field some 100m short of the school where… Read more »

Captain P Wash
Captain P Wash
5 months ago
Reply to  Gunbuster

How about the Volcano ? did you get anywhere near it mate ?

geoff
geoff
5 months ago
Reply to  Captain P Wash

Hi Cap’n. The Volcano dominates the island. The inhabitable stretch is but a small thin strip at the base. The Volcano is dormant but future eruptions are always a possibility. Thanks for info Gunbuster-lucky to have visited Tristan!

Gunbuster
Gunbuster
5 months ago
Reply to  geoff

Did Gough Island as well and that is uninhabited except for a few scientists.

geoff
geoff
5 months ago
Reply to  Gunbuster

You’re a lucky man to have been there Gunbuster. i have a friend who visited with the SA Weather team in the old days

Gunbuster
Gunbuster
5 months ago
Reply to  Captain P Wash

It’s hard not to be near it as it is literally the island. However we didn’t climb it. Last volcano I climbed on an island was monserratt and 2 years after that it all went a bit Pete tong for the island.

Captain P Wash
Captain P Wash
5 months ago
Reply to  Gunbuster

I kind of did know that bit…. I did a school project on it years ago but it was the Pointy Growly bit I was referring to !!!! Never really got why so many people want to live so close to Active ones to be honest….

Gunbuster
Gunbuster
5 months ago
Reply to  Captain P Wash

I must have a thing for volcanoes I lived in Lago Patria outside Naples for 3 years whilst working for NATO …you could see Vesuvius from my villa bedroom window.
The plus side…The grapes growing on the mountainside and the wine they made, Lachryma Christi made in some of the small family vineyards was some of the best I have ever tasted.