As HMS Ocean prepared to leave for the Caribbean to deliver vital aid in the wake of Hurricane Irma, the Government of Gibraltar have provided ten new 4×4 vehicles as part of the British relief.
The Gibraltar donation also includes £6,500 worth of building materials from Gibraltar Joinery and Building Services and £20,000 worth of general hardware items supplied by the Housing Works Agency. These goods are urgently needed for the communities to undertake the process of repairing and re-building.
Chief Minister, Fabian Picardo QC MP, visited HMS Ocean and said:
“The 4x4s will be loaded last because they will be the first things off when the ship arrives on station. This is so that work can begin immediately helping in the areas we have all seen on the television which are hard to get to because of all the damage and devastation.
I came on board today to see Captain Pedre to wish him well and all the men and women of HMS Ocean. They will be carrying out important work in assisting the British Overseas Territories. The emergency supplies from Gibraltar will go some way to assist in the long term relief efforts.
It is only right that we provide aid and assistance for our fellow British Overseas Territories in this time of urgent need.
The people of Gibraltar are committed deeply to the relationship with the Royal Navy and we wish Godspeed to HMS Ocean.”
HMS Ocean is now on her way to the Caribbean.