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Reassuring Presence

RFA Wave Ruler

The Royal Fleet Auxiliary vessel RFA Wave Ruler is to revisit Grand Cayman between 22 and 26 July, before calling on Cayman Brac for a day.

Returning to the Islands will allow the support ship's crew to familiarise themselves with local infrastructure, in case there is a need to respond to any regional emergency. This will be the fourth visit since 2008.

Calls will be made on Acting Governor the Hon. Donovan Ebanks, MBE, JP; Acting Premier the Hon. Rolston Anglin, JP, and Hazard Management Cayman Islands (HMCI) Director McCleary Frederick.

Over the weekend, Commanding Officer Captain Norris (RFA) will host a reception for local dignitaries and winners of the Governor's Five Star Award for Customer [Service] Excellence (F.A.C.E.).

Naval officers will also meet with officials from the Health Services Authority and the Cayman Islands Red Cross to discuss responses in the event of a major disaster. In addition, the ship's company will participate in a search and rescue exercise, call on the Cayman's Marine Unit, and partipate in a football match.

On Wednesday, 27 July, the vessel will call at Cayman Brac, to discuss disaster relief with Sister Islands' District Commissioner Ernie Scott and other officials, and tour the island.

Patrolling the North Atlantic and Caribbean, RFA Wave Ruler comprises a significant part of the navy's presence in this hemisphere. Its primary roles are to provide support to UK Overseas Territories and to strengthen the UK Government's regional commitment.

That includes providing area support in the event of natural disasters such as hurricanes. With its extensive range of disaster relief stores, Wave Ruler is capable of providing food, water and shelter as required.

Further, Grand Cayman is the storage site for the UK Government's Department for International Development (DFID) emergency response items for the region. Local DFID storage is the responsibility of the Cayman Islands Red Cross.

RFA Wave Ruler is providing cover for the Caribbean Overseas Territories and Bermuda during this year's hurricane season.

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For further information contact: Lennon Christian