UK Military ship positioned and ready to assist as Isaac nears

The Mounts Bay will be ready to provide assistance if needed

The Royal Fleet Auxiliary, Mounts Bay arrived in Barbados today for a brief one-day refueling visit, before departing to assist Eastern Caribbean islands as they brace for the arrival of Hurricane Isaac.

This assurance was given by Commanding Officer of the RFA Mounts Bay, Captain Peter Selby.

He said, “We have come to Barbados to refuel and top up our stores, before we position ourselves to render assistance wherever it might be needed.”

RFA Mounts Bay’s primary task is to provide enhanced security and support to the UK Overseas Territories and citizens through disaster relief, working with regional partners to intercept narcotic operations, providing humanitarian assistance and other peacetime operations.

However, during the Atlantic Hurricane season, the ship and crew take on an enhanced role remaining on standby to react to emerging crises around the Caribbean.

The massive Bay class ship has a load displacement of 16,160 tonnes and is fully equipped with tractors, diggers, trucks, quad bikes and all-terrain vehicles, critical to facilitating a rapid response when disasters occur.

British High Commissioner Janet Douglas said, “Following last year’s disastrous hurricane season, to have Mounts Bay on standby is hugely reassuring. Her presence confirms the UK’s ongoing commitment to the region.”

The Department for International Development (DFID) in the Caribbean has also pre-positioned additional humanitarian relief supplies in the region on RFA Mounts Bay, doubling the amount of this year’s stores to 1,048 collapsible jerry cans, 999 hygiene kits, 976 shelter kits, as well as the sub-regional hub in Antigua housing 800 shelter kits and 1620 buckets to provide life-saving emergency assistance as required.

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  1. Pipi
    September 12, 2018

    Boy, you really sound like a misery. Maybe is because you are afraid to fall of the edge of your earth.

  2. Anthony P. Ismael Minister of Free Pampers
    September 12, 2018

    Well done British High Commissioner and thank you for your assistance as we face more potential disasters in the region. :-P :-P :-P

  3. September 12, 2018

    Some Dominican realy don’t have a heart we just came from a monster storm and now we are facing another and you all are calling each other names and insulting each other Dominican should be a shame of them selves lets get together for the good of the country and the people and stop the selfishness this is our country and its time we stop the bashing.

  4. Theone
    September 11, 2018

    Skerritt should have taken a ride on it

  5. Holiday Island Boy
    September 11, 2018

    The plaques down by the cruise ship terminal says it all, “Thank God the British were here”

  6. Bring back the kidnapped parrots from Germany
    September 11, 2018

    Bad mistake asking for and getting independence from Britain, Dominica was better off as a British colony.

    • It's Miss Alie
      September 12, 2018

      That’s the most tone-deaf, and facile statement ever! To say that loosely is distasteful!
      Do you need a history crash course to understand WHY the islands sought independence?
      The British are friendly because they know the magnitude of their crimes against black people.
      They want peace because they know if we raise our voices to talk about history; it would expose them.

      Please don’t let material things sway you from historical evidence.

    • Green
      September 13, 2018

      And this guys is why I think Caribbean History should be compulsory in our schools.

  7. Shaka Zulu
    September 11, 2018

    I the oath of citizenship of Antigua and barbuda it is written that loyalty is to the queen and her descendants. I bet there are many other carribbean islands who have the same stuff and are independent. Hence, this is what the brits should have been doing every year. Better late than never!! Not to mention the countless young men from the region actively recruited to serve in her majesty army. Men sacrifice thier life for you all every year so rhis is not a favor but a responsibility.

  8. Davido
    September 11, 2018

    I think we need to fly all the members of the cabinet and their families to this ship before the storm or hurricane hits us. After the storm, we can fly them back again to run the country. We need to keep them safe and in working order to continue running the country.

    • The one
      September 11, 2018

      What rubbish I hearing for u to say take the children and elderly u saying take the cabinet

      • DA Fails
        September 12, 2018

        He right, the cabinet should be our number 1 priority

  9. Observer
    September 11, 2018

    Say what you like about the British but you cannot deny that they do come to help when they can.

  10. JAGOTS
    September 11, 2018

    That’s what you call resilience. Thank you UK. God blessings.

  11. breathe
    September 11, 2018

    I appreciate that news a lot!! thanks

    September 11, 2018

    BAM!!!! ofcourse they will be positioned and ready. They always show up to witness first hand the destruction of their creation. They are all part of the weather war terrorism on humanity. Then they come and play hero. pieces of trah-shhh and traitors to humanity.

    Earth is flat.

    • Braveheart
      September 11, 2018

      I think your tinfoil hat is on a bit too tight. This statement is pure ignorance. Please go read a book and do some RESEARCH on how weather systems are formed. My goodness!!

    • Man bites dogs
      September 12, 2018

      @ Flat Earth , You have a big problem and I believe it’s called monkey pot viruses,Go see your doctor emediately.

  13. Braveheart
    September 11, 2018

    This is a good thing. God knows how vulnerable Dominica is right now. It’s reassuring to have them on standby.

  14. Truth
    September 11, 2018

    wow!!!! best idea ever. thanks guys

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