UK Royal Navy aids in Bahamas recovery

UK Royal Navy Wildcat helicopter Bahamas

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Royal Fleet Auxiliary ship RFA Mounts Bay has started delivering essential aid to people in the Bahamas after the country was hit by a category five hurricane

The amphibious support vessel has given support to Great Abaco, delivering shelter kits, water and other basic items.

Captain Rob Anders, Commanding Officer of RFA Mounts Bay, said: “RFA Mounts Bay has been working alongside The Bahamian National Emergency and Management Agency and US Coastguard personnel, using our Wildcat helicopter to conduct initial assessments on Abaco Island and we have landed reconnaissance troops ashore.” He added: “I am pleased to be able to use our people and equipment to send water and food ashore to provide aid to the Bahamian people.”

Defence Secretary Ben Wallace said: “The highly skilled crew and specialist equipment of RFA Mounts Bay have been on call since June to support our overseas territories and friends in the hurricane season. “Its Wildcat helicopter has begun conducting reconnaissance flights of The Bahamas to help assess the damage and the crew have begun distributing UK aid. My thoughts remain with those affected and our world-class military will continue to assist the Bahamas Government to offer relief and aid to those who need it most.”