RFA Mounts Bay has returned to the British Virgin Islands and has docked off the coast of Tortola after assisting Dominica in the relief operations that followed hurricane Maria.
Utilizing a Royal Navy Wildcat helicopter to move engineering teams ashore and her organic Mexeflote to transport equipment, it is clear the UK is still supporting the recovery effort across the territory despite the transitioning to civilian led recovery.
The Mexeflote, crewed by troops from 17 Port and Maritime Regiment Royal Logistics Corps was bringing fire fighting equipment ashore. This will allow the local fire service to continue working across the islands despite damage to their own equipment.
RFA Mounts Bay will remain in the region until the end of the hurricane season with a bolstered humanitarian and disaster relief team on board. On land support will continue in the form of a residual team of engineering specialists able to provide expertise in project management and engineering advice, supporting the local governments in recovery and reconstruction.
Picture shows fire fighting equipment from RFA Mount Bay being delivered to Port Purcell, Road Town.
Mounts Bay is capable of carrying up to 24 Challenger 2 tanks or 150 light trucks in 1,150 linear metres of space.
The cargo capacity is equivalent of 200 tons of ammunition, or 24 Twenty-foot equivalent unit containers. During normal conditions, a Bay-class ship can carry 356 soldiers, but this can be almost doubled to 700 in overload conditions.
The well deck can carry one LCU Mark 10 or two LCVPs, and two Mexeflotes can be suspended from the ship’s flanks.
Two 30-ton cranes are fitted between the superstructure and the flight deck.