RFA Mounts Bay Completes Hurricane Dorian Mission
RFA Mounts Bay – the first ship from any nation to arrive on the scene in the wake of devastating Hurricane Dorian – has left the islands, her efforts complete.
As she departs, survey ship HMS Protector – on her way to the frozen wastes of Antarctica – sails for Nassau to deliver additional aid to Bahamians.
Mounts Bay, which is on stand-by to assist in the Caribbean throughout the hurricane season, arrived at Great Abaco – the main island in a chain in the northern Bahamas – in the wake of the catastrophic Category 5 storm.
More than ten days after the hurricane steamrollered the archipelago, the true scale of the damage and death toll is still unfolding.
The amphibious support vessel’s personnel – which includes people from the Royal Navy, Royal Marines, Royal Engineers and Royal Logistic Corps – has played a vital role in enabling support to reach some of the worst hit areas.
During the past ten days, the work has been unrelenting and Mounts Bay has now distributed all of her stores, which included 3,000 ration packs, nearly 100 tonnes of water, over 900 emergency shelter kits, and 1,000 hygiene kits.
Mounts Bay has ensured communities on Great Abaco have had access to the most basic needs such as food, water, and shelter in the immediate aftermath of the worst storm the islands have ever seen – thanks in no small part to the ship’s Wildcat helicopter, which not only flew reconnaissance flights to assess damage but located isolated communities in outlying islands in urgent need.
Source: Royal Navy