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Disaster Preparedness Exercise on Beach

UK Crew Offload Heavy Equipment on Beach

Hurricane preparedness efforts, led by crew of the RFA Mounts Bay, went off without hitch on Friday morning, 28 July 2019.

HE the Governor, Martyn Roper, and Overseas Territories Minister Lord Ahmad, were among those present on Governor's Beach, as an amphibious operation tested the ship’s ability to land vehicles and equipment on Seven Mile Beach. During Hurricane Season the Mount Bay's main objective is to follow behind the path of hurricanes that have a potential to inflict damage on the Overseas Territories.

The exercise entailed the placement of a track on the beach to better allow large military vehicles to leave the landing barge and come onto shore. The vehicles then move heavy equipment, water and medical supplies to locations where they can be better accessed by first response agencies and residents in the aftermath of a hurricane, earthquake or other disaster.

Among the crew on board are highly trained Royal Engineers who are able to repair equipment such as diesel generators and communications systems. The ship also has a helicopter and evacuation capabilities.

This morning's opportunity allowed Hazard Management Cayman Islands, officials from the RCIPS and other first response agencies to meet with the ship’s crew and review the possible range of support that could be provided by the Mounts Bay.

For further information contact: Suzette Ebanks