Extra team of medics and HMS Protector re tasked to Bahamas disaster area

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Extra team of medics and HMS Protector re tasked to Bahamas disaster area

Monday, September 9th 2019 – 10:17 UTC

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Another Royal Navy ship, HMS Protector has been re-tasked to the Bahamas. This Monday it will sail to provide further support to the disaster relief efforts (Pic BerNews) Another Royal Navy ship, HMS Protector has been re-tasked to the Bahamas. This Monday it will sail to provide further support to the disaster relief efforts (Pic BerNews)
The UK is also working with other partners in the region, including the US Coast Guard, whose helicopters have refueled on RFA Mounts Bay. (Pic BerNews) The UK is also working with other partners in the region, including the US Coast Guard, whose helicopters have refueled on RFA Mounts Bay. (Pic BerNews)
 Defense Secretary Ben Wallace said the devastation wrought by Hurricane Dorian has required an urgent response and the Royal Navy is on hand to help. Defense Secretary Ben Wallace said the devastation wrought by Hurricane Dorian has required an urgent response and the Royal Navy is on hand to help.

The Royal Navy has deployed extra medics to join Royal Fleet Auxiliary ship Mounts Bay in delivering humanitarian assistance to the Bahamas following Hurricane Dorian. A team of 18 military medical staff arrived in the region and will provide emergency care, surgery and intensive care to those in need.

 They join Royal Navy support ship RFA Mounts Bay, which is delivering aid to the Bahamas following the destruction caused by the devastating hurricane. Mounts Bay was prepositioned in the region for hurricane season, a task it fulfils each year.

Another Royal Navy ship, HMS Protector has been re-tasked to the Bahamas. This Monday it will sail to the Bahamas where it will provide further support to the disaster relief efforts taking food, water and clothing.

The UK is also working with other partners in the region, including the US Coast Guard, whose helicopters have refueled on RFA Mounts Bay.

Defense Secretary Ben Wallace said: “The devastation wrought by Hurricane Dorian has required an urgent response and the UK’s commitment to the Caribbean means that our Royal Navy is on hand to help.

”They have acted swiftly to deploy an extra 18 medical personnel from the UK to the Bahamas, where they will provide desperately needed expertise. As part of this quick response we’re working closely with our US counterparts in delivering assistance to the Bahamas. Our thoughts remain with those affected and those who have lost loved ones and homes“.

Lieutenant Commander Anna De-Saint is the officer commanding the team deploying to the Bahamas said it is absolutely essential that ”teams like us and the humanitarian teams already in the region are ready to respond to an emergency like this at short notice.

“I know we can add value to the team already out there in the Bahamas. The Role 1 medical team is there to support personnel on the ship with everyday illnesses and undertake emergency care whereas we are there for life-saving damage-control surgery and resuscitation. A lot of our kit is already on the platform, including all the medical equipment, drugs and surgical equipment. One of the most important thing we are taking out there is blood.

”We are held at 48 hours’ notice to move so we are a high-readiness unit who are available to go at short notice anywhere in the world.

“During hurricane season, we know there is a higher chance of us being needed but we have not had to deal with a situation like this since Operation Ruman – the UK’s military response to Hurricane Irma in the Caribbean in 2017”.

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