HMS Medway met up with RFA Argus in the Caribbean giving the River class ship the chance to take part in aviation training.
Great shots of @HMS_Medway aviation training after they met up with @RFAArgus yesterday. The Task Group continues its patrol in the Caribbean, supporting regional security and remaining ready for #hurricaneseason. @815NAS @845NAS #InThisTogether @UKinCaribbean @cimsec_caribsea pic.twitter.com/psGIuyy2fO
— COMLSG (@ComdLittoralSG) May 12, 2020
Support ship RFA Argus recently linked up with the Royal Navy’s permanent presence in the region, HMS Medway, to begin their combined disaster relief planning and preparations say the Royal Navy. According to the Royal Navy here:
“The Royal Navy’s Caribbean task group has joined forces in Montserrat for the first time as it prepares for the impending hurricane season. It’s just six weeks till the storm season begins – and in almost every year for the past couple of decades, Royal Navy or Royal Fleet Auxiliary ships in the Caribbean have been called upon to assist island communities, most recently Bahamians in the wake of Hurricane Dorian last autumn. In Montserrat, Argus’ air group was reminded of the devastating power of Nature – but not a storm. Half the island – including its capital Plymouth – remains out of bounds, the result of a series of eruptions from the Soufrière Hills volcano, which had been dormant for hundreds of years.”
In addition say the Royal Navy, wherever Argus visits as part of her deployment to the region she’s sending her helicopters – three Merlin troop carriers from 845 Naval Air Squadron and one smaller Wildcat aircraft – into the skies to provide the latest information on helicopter and beach landing sites if the worst should happen.
They’ve already scouted Bermuda, the British Virgin Islands and Anguilla.