RFA Mounts Bay has arrived in the British Overseas Territory of Anguilla continuing its busy program of visits and engagements across the Caribbean under the North Atlantic Patrol Tasking.
Mounts Bay arrived on Wednesday 17th for a three day visit to the territory, the ship’s third on this deployment having previously visited in July at the beginning of its posting and then in September following Hurricane Irma. This follows a highly successful visit to the nearby British Virgin Islands last week.
Highlights of this latest visit will include two days of intensive training with local emergency services personnel the Royal Anguilla Police Force and the Anguilla Fire & Rescue Service covering a range of search and rescue skills.
Training, equipping and supporting local emergency services remains a key focus of the mission – as well as running training exercises the Mounts Bay has been involved in delivering donated equipment and providing advice on drafting local emergency management plans. These activities serve to build strong relationships between the ships crew and local services for when they are required to work together in times of disaster – as they did last September.
As with the visit to the British Virgin Islands, elements of the crew will also be volunteering to help ongoing recovery works from the hurricane disaster, lending their assistance to reconstruction and repair efforts at the Tender Loving Care Nursing Home.
Captain David Buck OBE has also held meetings with Governor Tim Foy OBE and other local government officials to outline the continuing role the vessel will play in the region under the Atlantic Patrol Tasking.
As well as humanitarian and disaster response operations, and maintaining a constant naval presence in the region, the vessel will be joining local and regional law enforcement organisations during the year to support a variety of counter-narcotics operations.