The Royal Navy patrol vessel HMS Medway will visit Tortola from October 22 as part of the UK’s Caribbean Task Force mission to prepare for and respond to disasters in the region.
Once in port, the crew will demonstrate their capabilities and meet with officials from the Department of Disaster Management and other key agencies to determine how best to work together and support the territory following a hurricane or other natural disaster.
The task force also consists of the Royal Fleet Auxiliary (RFA) Wave Knight support ship and its Wildcat HMA2 helicopter, as well as the Crisis Response Troop of 24 Commando Royal Engineers. The group transports specialized equipment and emergency supplies for immediate use after a disaster.
His Excellency the Governor, Mr. John Rankin, CMG, said: âThe team aboard HMS Medway visit the VI to meet with key partners and ensure that they can respond in the most effective manner to meet the demands. greatest needs of the territory after a disaster. “
Governor Rankin added, âThe safety and security of the people of the Virgin Islands is my top priority and I am delighted that we are able to do this exercise. Some of the capabilities of the working group will be presented during the visit. More details will be released in the coming days.
The task force works with the six British Overseas Territories in the region, and with other regional partners, to prepare for and respond to national disasters. This includes planning and training to develop disaster relief capacities and capabilities during peak hurricane season.
Task Group Commander Brian Trim said: âWe are really looking forward to our visit. Although we have been working in partnership with Montserrat and the Turks and Caicos Islands over the past few months, this will be our first chance this year to work with VI. As the people of VI know very well, working together is the key to success after a hurricane. I am sure that we can learn a lot from our cooperation during this visit.
HMS Medway is a River-class offshore patrol vessel launched in 2017. It is permanently deployed to the Caribbean to support disaster relief and conduct counter-trafficking operations. Its cockpit can operate medium-sized helicopters or carry up to eight sea containers
Note to editor: Photo of HMS Medway included